University of California, Santa Barbara
"Innovations for Fisheries and Conservation Solutions"
Abstract: Fisheries and conservation challenges are becoming more complex, requiring innovative solutions. My work can be categorized into three approaches for addressing long-standing, fundamental problems in fisheries and conservation: 1) Using big data and novel technologies; 2) Applying established methods from other fields in new ways; and 3) Applying innovative computational models. I will provide examples of each approach, focusing on the following three studies: 1) Using novel data from satellite technologies to empirically assess the effect of policies aimed at combating illegal fishing in Indonesia and The Gambia; 2) Quantifying the responses of commercial and recreational vessels to the establishment of marine protected areas using 14 years of aerial surveys around California's Channel Islands; and 3) Using a decision framework from economics to derive optimal policies for the situation in which stakeholders value multiple ecosystem services and these services have uncertainties. Specifically, these studies address the following questions: 1) Can addressing illegal fishing be an alternative pathway to fishery recovery? 2) How do stakeholders respond to management interventions? 3) How do uncertainties affect optimal decision making?