Climate Change and Social Ecological Vulnerability
Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of extreme climatic events, threatening marine ecosystems and the coastal communities that depend on them for income and food security. I am working with NGO Blue Ventures to assess the social and ecological vulnerability of coastal communities in Madagascar to future climate scenarios. This will help to develop appropriate adaptation and management actions to mitigate climate change impacts on natural marine resources and people.
Sea Cucumber Aquaculture
Sea cucumber aquaculture can provide coastal communities with economic security, while reducing pressures on fisheries and marine biodiversity. In 2019, I spent two months in southwest Madagascar working as a field assistant with NGO Blue Ventures and University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences to characterise the biophysical characteristics of a productive sea cucumber farm. The project was based in the remote village of Tampolove, however, the results will help guide the future placement and development of sea cucumber farms throughout Madagascar. Read more about the project in this Edinburgh Friends article.
Refugia at the Revillagigedo Archipelago
Coral reef refugia are habitats which possess physical, biological and ecological characteristics that make them likely to be relatively resilient to future climate change. Utilising published literature, environmental data and field observations we assessed the potential for the Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park to be a location of coral climate refugia. Identification of refugia locations is critical to ensure coral locations more likely to survive under climate change conditions are protected from anthropogenic activities. See our published results here.