Small-scale fishers set at sea to collect lobsters. Photo by: Sean Fitzgerald

Marine Protected Areas

Unsustainable fishing practices threaten marine biodiversity and the ecosystem benefits that it provides. Marine Protected Areas are frequently implemented to spatially control extractive activities, such as fishing. I ask questions around the design and effectiveness of spatial interventions that seek to conserve biodiversity and regulate ocean use.

In ongoing work, I explore the design features and potential cost-savings from a global market for marine conservation, lessons learned from 20 years of community-based marine conservation in Mexico, and the fisheries value of private marine reserves in Mexico.

I have become increasingly interested in the incursion and expansion of economic activities in the ocean, and seek to explore the role of de facto and quasi spatial property rights in the ocean.

Fishers from El Rosario, Baja California, Mexico
Small-scale lobster fishers from El Rosario, Baja California, Mexico (Photo by Arturo Hernández)


. Self-financed marine protected areas. Environmental Research Letters. DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/ac3439, 2021.

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. An interdisciplinary evaluation of community-based TURF-reserves. PONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0221660, 2019.

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. Mapping status and conservation of global at‐risk marine biodiversity. Cons. Let. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12651, 2019.

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. A user-friendly tool to evaluate the effectiveness of no-take marine reserves. PLoS ONE. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0191821, 2018.

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