Email: nickyroberts@my.uri.edu

Email: nickyroberts@my.uri.edu

Nicky Roberts

I am interested in balancing resource use with conservation to improve social-ecological resilience in coastal communities. This includes investigating community-based co-management options for coastal food security. My master’s research in Pulau Bontosua, Indonesia focuses on how coral reef restoration has affected the village fishery value chain. The project uses political ecology, economics and ecology to provide a comprehensive evaluation of conservation and fisheries management in the region.

I graduated from Amherst College in 2018 with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. For my honors thesis, I worked with the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences to study the co-culture of kelps and mussels in the Gulf of Maine, as well as the benefits and tradeoffs of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) in New England. After graduation I worked as a salt marsh restoration ecologist at the Cape Cod National Seashore, before moving onto a research Fulbright in Vancouver, Canada to advocate for a co-management system with First Nations on the issue of sea otter recovery. When I’m not diving into my next marine ecosystem, you can find me either running, biking, tutoring, drinking coffee, listening to jazz funk, or all of the above.