Actionable, predictive models of environmental, ecological, and socio-economic variability are needed to manage coastal resources. We are working to build foodweb and coupled social-ecological models for Narragansett Bay, RI, integrating biogeochemical processes all the way up to human interactions.
Coastal communities in Kenya are vulnerable to malnutrition and overexploited fisheries. This project is using a combination of methods including household surveys, dietary recall, and evaluations of local market conditions to inform improved access to nutritious fish for pregnant women and children.
Coral Reef Fisheries
We are working to combine field data collection, simulation modeling, and observational studies for multi-species coral reef fisheries in Indonesia where products will lead to the development of assessment and management frameworks. Multiple projects are up and running with multidisciplinary collaborators.
Based in Narragansett Bay, RI, this project will serve as a proof-of-concept for using cutting-edge hydroacoustic technology for local pelagic fisheries assessments. Such advances will allow managers to more accurately determine sustainable fishing levels of species such as Atlantic menhaden as well as herring.
Tropical deep reef fisheries
Snapper-grouper fisheries in Indonesia are highly lucrative but little data exist to manage stocks sustainably, including key life-history characteristics. We are working with collaborators to improve data collection and create simulation models to enable the establishment of harvest control rules.
Coral reef restoration
There is growing interest in coral restoration as a potential tool to mitigate anthropogenic impacts on reefs and improve food security, but the social and ecological feasibility has yet to be tested at relevant scales. This project in Indonesia seeks to critically examine coral restoration through a social-ecological lens.
Sardines are the backbone for coastal fisheries in Ghana, but catches have been declining rapidly over the last decade. The Ghanian government has proposed spatial and/or seasonal closures for this fishery and asked us to help them simulate fish population dynamics under these management scenarios.
Integrated KELP Aquaculture
Incorporating cold-water seaweed crops such as kelp into existing Rhode Island shellfish farms requires minimal equipment and maintenance and can benefit farmers by increasing and diversifying crop production. This project is assessing the feasibility of kelp aquaculture in coastal RI by building a bioenergetics model.