Luisa Bedoya Taborda
James Cook University, Townsville
Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.
Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution
Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.
From 2005 to 2022, the main node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies was headquartered at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland (Australia)
James Cook University, Townsville
Luisa is from Medellin, Colombia, where she completed her undergraduate degree in law in 2018. For her undergraduate thesis, Luisa studied the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP armed group signed in 2016 and its impact on rural reform and food security in some Colombian communities. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Luisa worked with the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) in the Marine Biodiversity and Coastal Protection Program where she studied national and international regulations related to coral reef conservation, plastic pollution, and sustainable fishing. Luisa completed a Postgraduate Diploma in environmental law in 2019 and she commenced to work as a lawyer in a government institution, the special administrative unit for the return of stripped lands that aims the return abandoned and stripped lands due to the armed conflict in Colombia where she represented victims of armed conflict. In 2022 Luisa moved to Australia to do a Master of Philosophy in agricultural and environmental related studies at James Cook University in Townsville under the supervision of Michele Barnes (JCU) and Tiffany Morrison (JCU) to identify and analyse policy and regulatory instruments that promote livelihood enhancement and peacebuilding in coastal communities facing societal disruptions such as armed conflicts regarding access and management of resources.
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