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Pew Announces 2017 Marine Fellows

11 distinguished international scientists and conservationists selected

The Pew marine fellows program was created to seek solutions to the problems affecting the world’s oceans. This year’s fellows are:

  • Julia Baum

    Julia Baum

    Baum will investigate mass bleaching and mortality of corals that occurred in 2015 and 2016 on the Pacific atoll of Kiritimati to learn why some corals remain healthy despite warmer ocean temperatures.

  • Leandro Castello

    Leandro Castello

    Castello will develop, implement, and evaluate a cost-effective approach to engaging local fishermen in generating catch rate data and other critical fisheries information in Brazil.

  • Lucy Keith Diagne

    Lucy Keith-Diagne

    Keith-Diagne will collect essential information on African manatee population genetics, ecology, and health and will measure mortality from illegal hunting, incidental taking, and coastal development across six countries in Central and West Africa.

  • Regina Eisert

    Regina Eisert

    Eisert will analyze the long-distance movements, diet, preferred habitat, and foraging areas of the Ross Sea’s largest predators, killer and sperm whales.

  • Raymond Jakub

    Raymond Jakub

    Jakub will devise a way for local fishermen and government managers in Indonesia to easily record catch data for small-scale fisheries.

  • Janis Searles Jones

    Janis Searles Jones

    Jones will help the United States and Canada develop management plans to address increased vessel traffic in the Arctic and will foster collaboration with experts and indigenous leaders on the development and preservation of marine protected areas.

  • Kristin Laidre

    Kristin Laidre

    Laidre will use international data sets and interviews with indigenous communities to understand the effects of climate change and subsistence hunting on polar bear populations.

  • Yan Ropert-Coudert

    Yan Ropert-Coudert

    Ropert-Coudert will investigate whether jellyfish, sea salps, and comb jellies in the Southern Ocean could serve as alternative food sources for krill-dependent species such as Adélie penguins, whose traditional prey species are expected to decline with increased ocean warming and acidification.

  • Isao Sakaguchi

    Isao Sakaguchi

    Sakaguchi will compare Japan’s fishery management policies with those of nations that have switched to or are transitioning to sustainable management.

  • Ester A. Serrão

    Ester A. Serrão

    Serrão will identify hot spots of genetic diversity in populations of kelp and other large brown algae, which form unique habitats known as marine forests, to protect these vital natural resources.

  • Jianye Tang

    Jianye Tang

    Tang will assess the practices of multiple countries and international fisheries management organizations to help China strengthen its regulation of distant-water fisheries.

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