05/25/2012 - Diving in waters off the Cuban coast and coming face-to-face with a 400-pound goliath grouper. Exploring how coral reefs and wetlands protect coastal communities. Measuring how climate change will affect fish populations.
That’s the work of some of the world’s leading marine experts named as the 2012 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation. They come from Brazil, Cuba, France, Peru and the United States, and were selected through a rigorous nomination and review process that examined the strengths of their proposed projects.
This year’s fellows are:
Michael Beck, Ph.D
., lead scientist of the Global Marine Team at The Nature Conservancy. His project will compare natural systems, such as coral reefs and wetlands, with man-made infrastructure, such as seawalls, in how to best protect coastal communities from storm surges, rising sea levels, and other effects of climate change.
, marine program director at Conservation International in Brazil. He will support expansion of the Abrolhos Marine Protected Area Network in Brazil, using the effort as a model for advancing similar protections in the country.
Patricia Majluf, Ph.D.
At the time of her selection, she was director of the Center for Environmental Sustainability at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru. On Feb. 25, she was appointed her country’s vice minister of fisheries, and the start of her fellowship will be deferred. Her project will aim to offset reduction of the anchoveta fisheries of Peru by creating new markets for the industry to supply fish for people to eat.
Stephan Munch, Ph.D.
, research faculty member at the University of California at Santa Cruz and a fisheries ecologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. His project will create tools to identify climate-driven changes in fisheries demographics.
, president and founder of Bloom Association in France. She will research how subsidies to the French fishing sector affect long-term economic and ecological viability.
Fabián Pina Amargos, Ph.D
., researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones de Ecosistemas Costeros in Cuba. His project’s goal is to provide critical scientific information about goliath grouper in Cuba and develop a comprehensive grouper conservation plan.
The Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation has awarded 125 fellowships to people from 32 countries. Each fellow receives $150,000 to conduct a three-year scientific research or conservation project designed to address critical challenges to the oceans.
More information about the 2012 Pew Marine Fellows, including photographs and a video about the recipients, is available at www.pewmarinefellows.org