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Mary Donovan

OpenChannels Username: Mary Donovan

E-mail: [email protected]

Organization: University of Hawaii

Jean-Baptiste Jouffray

OpenChannels Username: Jean-Baptiste J...

E-mail: [email protected]

Job Title: PhD Candidate

Organization: University of Stockholm, Stockholm Resilience Centre

OTP Expertise: Coral reef tipping points, Nonlinear models and statistics, Resilience, Social-ecological systems

Crow White

OpenChannels Username: Crow White

E-mail: [email protected]

Job Title: Assistant Professor

Organization: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Bio: The overarching conceptual theme of my research is to understand causes and consequences of spatial population dynamics of coastal marine species, trophic processes among species in communities and ecosystems, and interactions between marine ecological communities and human users, especially fisheries. A common applied goal of my research is to identify how the implications of the above dynamics can be used to guide sustainable management of renewable natural marine resources and the conservation of marine ecosystems. Noteworthy focal research topics include: Seascape genetics for estimating patterns of dispersal and population connectivity Natural and controlled field and laboratory studies for quantifying variation in species demographics and community structure and function in response to human impacts (e.g., fishing) Designing and evaluating marine protected areas and catch shares for promoting sustainable fisheries Identifying optimal and practical ecosystem-based and marine spatial planning management strategies (considering conservation, fisheries, offshore wind/wave energy facilities, marine aquaculture farms, shipping lanes, etc.) for achieving conservation and socioeconomic objectives.

OTP Expertise: Fisheries collapse, Scenario analysis, Spatial analysis, Tradeoff analysis

Alan Friedlander

OpenChannels Username: Alan Friedlander

E-mail: [email protected]

Job Title: Chief Scientist

Organization: Pristine Seas, National Geographic Society; Fisheries Ecology Research Lab, University of Hawaii

Bio: Over the past 35 years Alan Friedlander has spent > 10,000 hours underwater—from coral reefs to the Arctic and to depths of thousands of meters. He started his career in the early 1980s in the Kingdom of Tonga working to develop sustainable small-scale fisheries. Following this, he obtained an MS in Oceanography from Old Dominion University working on coastal fisheries in Puerto Rico. He then worked for the Territorial Fish and Wildlife agency and the National Park Service in the US Virgin Islands where he conducted research on coral reefs throughout the Caribbean. He is currently Chief Scientist for National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Project where he leads research efforts to help understand and conserve the last wild places in the ocean. Alan’s work on marine conservation range from small-scale community-managed areas to some of the largest protected areas on the planet. His more than 200 scientific publications, 14 documentary films, and numerous popular articles are widely recognized and used for science and conservation. Alan is also currently the Director of the Fisheries Ecology Research Lab at the University of Hawaii. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii and was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate with the Pacific Fisheries Environmental Lab in Monterey, California. Alan is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 2006 Duke University Distinguished Conservation Scholar, and along with the Pristine Seas Team, was awarded the 2014 Environmental Hero Award by the Environmental Media Association and the 2016 Crystal Compass National Award from the Russian Geographical Society.

OTP Expertise: Coral reef tipping points, Ecosystem monitoring, Fisheries collapse, Resilience, Social-ecological systems, Spatial analysis

Jamison Gove

OpenChannels Username: Jamie Gove

E-mail: [email protected]

Job Title: Research Oceanographer

Organization: Ecosystem and Oceanography Division, NOAA, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

OTP Expertise: Climate-driven regime shifts, Coral reef tipping points, Early warning indicators, Ecosystem monitoring, Social-ecological systems, Time series analysis

Kimberly Selkoe

OpenChannels Username: Kimberly Selkoe

E-mail: [email protected]

Job Title: Research Scientist

Organization: National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

OTP Expertise: Coral reef tipping points, Ecosystem monitoring, Resilience

Mary Hunsicker

OpenChannels Username: Mary Hunsicker

E-mail: [email protected]

Job Title: Research Ecologist

Organization: NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

OTP Expertise: Climate-driven regime shifts, Early warning indicators, Fisheries collapse, Nonlinear models and statistics, Spatial analysis, Threshold detection methods, Time series analysis

Philip Loring

OpenChannels Username: ConserveChange

E-mail: [email protected]

Job Title: Assistant Professor

Organization: School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan

OTP Expertise: Resilience, Restoration, Risk analysis, Scenario analysis, Social-ecological systems, Sociocultural tipping points, Tradeoff analysis, Traditional and local knowledge

Melissa Poe

OpenChannels Username: Melissa Poe

E-mail: [email protected]

Job Title: Environmental Social Scientist

Organization: Washington Sea Grant, University of Washington, NOAA Fisheries

OTP Expertise: Social-ecological systems, Sociocultural tipping points, Traditional and local knowledge

Carrie Kappel

OpenChannels Username: carrie.kappel

E-mail: [email protected]

Job Title: Research Scientist

Organization: University of California Santa Barbara

Bio: Carrie is a Research Biologist and Senior Fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). Carrie received her PhD from Stanford University. A marine conservation biologist and community ecologist by training, she has worked in coral reefs, kelp forests and rocky intertidal systems and now uses collaborative synthesis science to develop conservation solutions that protect marine ecosystems and enhance human well being. From 2012-2017, Carrie was the lead principal investigator of the Ocean Tipping Points Project, a multi-institution, interdisciplinary collaboration aimed at understanding dramatic, nonlinear change in marine ecosystems and developing practical tools to help ocean and coastal managers avoid or recover from undesirable ecosystem shifts. Carrie serves on the Science for Nature and People Partnership's Science Advisory Council and is a former board member of Ecology Project International and the Teton Science Schools.

OTP Expertise: Climate-driven regime shifts, Coral reef tipping points, Early warning indicators, Ecosystem monitoring, Fisheries collapse, Nonlinear models and statistics, Resilience, Scenario analysis, Social-ecological systems, Spatial analysis, Tradeoff analysis