Laurence J. McCook, Ph.D.


Laurence McCook, Ph.D., works in science-based management of marine ecosystems, especially coral reefs. He is currently a President's International Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, and an Adjunct Principal Research Fellow, James Cook University

McCook’s Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation focused on management and policy initiatives to protect the resilience of coral reefs under climate change. This included developing and delivering a series of workshops on coral reef management across Indonesia and in Malaysia, and a range of major accomplishments incorporating existing scientific understanding into the practical, real‐world management of coral reefs to enhance their resilience.

His Fellowship also addressed critical gaps in scientific knowledge about the ecology of reef algae and their impacts on coral reef systems under climate change.

McCook has more than 30 years’ experience in management, research and capacity-building including coral reefs in Australia, the Coral Triangle, the Pacific, and the Caribbean, as well as in temperate ecosystems. He has worked with Government management agencies, research organizations and NGOs.

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