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Science for Coastal Sustainability


We are a group of scientists interested in the connections between people and marine ecosystems.

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Science for Coastal Sustainability


We are a group of scientists interested in the connections between people and marine ecosystems.

 

Our research

We use a combination of field experiments, modeling, and synthesis to examine how coastal and fisheries management influence ecological processes, and in turn, social relationships and outcomes. We work in a wide variety of coastal marine environments including oyster and coral reefs, salt marshes, and kelp forests. Ultimately our goal is to provide research findings that contribute to sustainable coastal ecosystems and communities.

 
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Working together


Diverse scientists at all career levels, managers, practitioners, and resource-users contribute to our research in creative ways.

Working together


Diverse scientists at all career levels, managers, practitioners, and resource-users contribute to our research in creative ways.

Our research activities engage multiple stakeholders to provide ecologically and socially appropriate solutions for coastal and fisheries management problems. We come from all over the world and have a vast range of experiences and backgrounds. Current projects are located across four different countries and we travel there frequently for field work.

 

Team members and collaborators hail from local and national governments, as well as non-governmental organizations such as The Nature Conservancy. We also work with international universities in the places we work including the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, and Bogor Agricultural University and University of Papua in Indonesia.

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Out in the field


Working across geographies and coastal systems, complex problems motivate us to use mixed-methods approaches.

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Out in the field


Working across geographies and coastal systems, complex problems motivate us to use mixed-methods approaches.

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fisheries management

DATA-POOR OPTIONS

Marine Protected Areas have been widely adopted as a leading ecosystem-based fisheries management tool, but there can be negative impacts on cultural traditions, social cohesion, and fisheries. Other management options for data-poor fisheries may include gear-based approaches and periodically harvested closures. 

Ecosystem restoration

SOCIAL SUCCESS

Among the most pervasive drivers of habitat loss along coastlines is the armoring of shorelines with bulkheads. In contrast, living shoreline approaches can enhance or restore multiple ecosystem services. Does ecological success confer social support for coastal restoration, or do these conjoined processes eventually diverge? 

Sustainable aquaculture

INTEGRATED KELP

Seaweed aquaculture is a $6.4 billion global industry but only starting to gain popularity in the US. While kelp and shellfish have been cultivated in integrated multi-trophic systems, success has been context-dependent. Better understanding of the biophysical and geochemical factors that maximize productivity is needed. 

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