Simon grew up in the Solomon Islands and studied zoology and marine ecology at the University of Queensland in the early ’80s. His Ph.D. (University of Melbourne) and subsequent work (ANU) has involved a strong social science focus. As leader of Research Program 7 he is building a cross-disciplinary cluster while at the Centre, before migrating to the School of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology in 2013.
Jessica grew up in Newfoundland, Canada. She completed a BSc from Memorial University in 2004 with a focus on juvenile cod behaviour. After spending a year living in Malawi, she switched from marine biology into the social sciences and completed a Masters from York University in 2009. In 2013, Jessica earned her PhD from the University of Victoria in 2013, which investigated fishers’ resilience and vulnerability in coastal Mozambique. In September 2013, Jessica joined the CoE as a postdoctorate research fellow. She uses social science methods to explore life in remote fishing communities in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Kiribati.
Josh grew up in Massachusetts, USA. He completed a Masters degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island in 2000 and a PhD from James Cook University in 2006. His research focuses on using social science to improve coral reef management.
Philippa Cohen (Adjunct Fellow)
Phone: +61 7 4781 6024
Pip is from Tasmania where she completed her undergrad, honours and first three years of her career in fisheries research. Pip then escaped the cold of Tassie to the tropical Pacific – Tonga, Fiji and then Solomon Islands. Pip has worked in the Pacific for 8 years in various roles; an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, a consultant for an AusAID funded fisheries project, a coordinator for a regional knowledge management project and most recently as a PhD student. Pip’s current research investigates the contribution of community-based fisheries management initiatives to food security in Melanesia.
Louisa is a social scientist working on the human dimensions of sustainable development. She completed a MRes at King’s College London and a PhD at the University of East Anglia (UK) with fieldwork in Kenya and Tanzania. Between 2008-2010 Louisa worked at the WorldFish Center, Penang (Malaysia) continuing work in applying resilience thinking to small-scale fisheries in the developing world. Following this Louisa moved to the ARC Centre. Her current research investigates the legitimacy and effectiveness of coastal governance and climate change adaptation in Australia, Solomon Islands, and Tanzania.
Mike is originally from Melbourne, where he completed his undergraduate degree in Anthropology. He obtained his PhD at the Australian National University in 2009. His research broadly focuses on the social and political aspects of marine resource management in the Asia-Pacific region.
Christina Hicks (Research Fellow)
Phone: +61 7 4781 6063
Christina is an interdisciplinary social science early career fellow co-funded between the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and Stanford University’s Center for Ocean Solutions. Christina’s research aims to develop a better understanding of how individuals value ecosystem services, and how together with their social characteristics these values influence how people are likely to respond to environmental and policy change. Christina earned her MSc in Tropical Coastal Management from Newcastle University, UK, where she also worked as a research associate. Prior to this Christina worked as a fisheries scientist in Kenya.
Professor Terry Hughes is an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow (2002-2007, 2007-2012) and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (since 2005). Professor Hughes was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2001, and was a member of the Expert Advisory Committee for Australian National Research Priorities in 2002. He is a Fellow and Board Member of the Beijer International Institute for Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, Stockholm, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Resilience Alliance. He has been awarded numerous prizes awards, including the Centenary Medal of Australia, the Silver Jubilee Award for Excellence of the Australian Marine Science Association in 2004, the 2007 Sherman Eureka Prize for Environmental Research, and the 2008 quadrennial Darwin Medal of the International Society for Coral Reef Studies. According to ISI Science Citation Index, Professor Hughes is ranked number one globally for citations to individual researchers in coral reef science. He has published 18 papers in Science and Nature. In the past 2-3 years, his research has increasingly evolved in a new direction, moving from an ecological focus to a broader evaluation of the linkages between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the welfare of human societies.
David Mills (Adjunct Fellow)
Phone: +61 7 4781 6747
Starting his research career as crustacean ecologist at the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, in 2006 David took a leap into the world of fisheries and development. Based at WorldFish Center headquarters in Penang, Malaysia from 2006 until early 2011, he worked on diverse projects relating to fisheries information systems, governance, fisheries and food security, and aquaculture development. He has worked on projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana and Solomon Islands. David is a visiting scholar at the Centre, and has a degree in Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology (1988 – 1992) and a PhD in fisheries ecology (2001-2005) from the University of Tasmania.
Phone:+ 33 4 6866 2055
Georgina is from Tasmania, where she completed her BSc in Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Science. Preferring tropical rather than Antarctic waters for diving, she headed north to do her Honours research in the Philippines, where she used bio-physical simulation modelling to explore potential reef futures under multiple management and climatic scenarios. Georgina’s experiences in the Philippines inspired her to pursue a PhD in understanding the human dimensions of marine resource management. Currently supervised by Bob Pressey, Natalie Ban, Josh Cinner and Nadine Marshall, her research focuses on how social factors can be incorporated into several stages of systematic conservation planning with two key aims. First, she is investigating how to explicitly integrate fisheries livelihood objectives into spatial prioritization procedures to enable MPA designs to be better aligned with the needs of local stakeholders. Second, to inform the selection of contextually appropriate conservation actions, she will explore the social impacts of MPA management, and the relative role of multiple-scale factors in influencing stakeholders’ engagement in collective MPA management.
Vera was majoring in Theatre Arts in high school on the slopes of Mt. Makiling, when she suddenly decided to become a Marine Biologist instead. She has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of the Philippines (UP), and did an honours project on roundscads. An Erasmus Mundus Studentship made it possible for her to earn a joint M.Sc. degree in Water and Coastal Management from Universidad de Cadiz in Spain and University of Plymouth in the UK. Since then she focused on research and management of marine protected areas (MPAs). As a research assistant for various NGOs and the UP Marine Science Institute (MSI), she was able to see how rich her country is in terms of natural resources and how much it is also exploited because of high resource dependence. Vera is supervised by Prof. Bob Pressey, Dr. Simon Foale and Dr. Porfirio Aliño of the MSI. Her research aims to examine governance systems and processes that contribute to effective local government coordination and collaboration when scaling up to form MPA networks in the Philippines