The Pew marine fellows program was created to seek solutions to the problems affecting the world’s oceans. This year’s fellows are:
Aburto-Oropeza will assess changing productivity and distribution of mangrove ecosystems using high-resolution satellite imagery in real time.
Lin will study threatened marine wildlife in South China to address illegal trade of these species, and use research and monitoring to reduce poaching and expand conservation.
Mangubhai will use a social science approach to investigate how global fisheries policies account for small-scale fishers in the western Pacific Ocean. More than half of small-scale catches in the Pacific region are taken by women.
Mills will study how ocean warming is affecting fish populations and use the research to consider different adaptation and management strategies.
Nel will study leatherback and loggerhead turtles in South Africa to test the “refugee species” concept in marine conservation and inform conservation planning for migratory endangered species.
Nishihara will combine research and a community-based approach to encourage seaweed restoration, conservation, and management in Japan.
Tapilatu will investigate the relationship between incubation temperatures, hatching success, and sex ratios of western Pacific leatherback turtles to determine how climate change is affecting global sea turtle populations.
Thiel will establish a research network to expand scientific knowledge about the sources and impacts of plastic marine debris in Latin America, including its potential to transport invasive species.