Thursday, February 20, 2014
Spatial Ecology of Top Marine Predators
Using the Spatial Ecology of Top Marine Predators to Effectively Inform Management of Marine Resources
Dr. Sara Maxwell Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station
My research focuses on the development of science-based solutions to conservation and management issues in the ocean. My expertise is in the application of spatial tools, such as satellite tracking and oceanographic modeling. I use these tools to understanding the distribution of large marine predators, how these predators interact with ocean processes, and how this knowledge can be applied to managing predator populations, human activities and ocean resources. Through my research, I aim to fulfill three goals: (1) conduct innovative science that is applied to conservation and management issues, (2) build knowledge and capacity in underdeveloped regions of the world, and (3) use research as tool for teaching and engaging students. As a Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford, my focus is on the concept of 'Dynamic Ocean Management', or management that explicitly incorporates the changing nature of the marine environment, and that integrates management across multiple objectives such as species conservation and minimizing socioeconomic effects.
Select publications: Maxwell, S. M., E. L. Hazen, S. J. Bograd, B. S. Halpern, et al. (2013) Cumulative human impacts on marine predators. Nature Communications 4. Maxwell, S. M. and L. E. Morgan (2013) Facilitated foraging of seabirds on pelagic fishes: implications for management of pelagic marine protected areas. Marine Ecology Progress Series 481:289-303.