Developed an ecosystem-based, sustainable management plan for a key biodiversity region in the west of Belize, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Economic Development Council of the Government of Belize, the University of Belize, and local communities.
Worked to integrate ecosystem service models for coastal habitats into an optimization framework to understand where proposed restoration and conservation projects related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill would achieve multiple recreation and coastal risk reduction goals. Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Stanford.
Countries around the world are at increasing risk from coastal hazards, such as Hurricane Dorian, which wreaked havoc in The Bahamas in 2019. Degraded seawalls and coastal structures flattened in the wake of the storm highlight the challenge of investing in traditional approaches to coastal protection and other infrastructure that requires regular maintenance, especially for small island developing states on the front lines of climate change. Instead, a new approach — building with and investing in nature — is needed.
Developed watershed management plans to conserve the ecosystems of coastal watersheds in the southern Gulf of California and the Gulf of Mexico in the face of climate change. Collaborators:: Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, National Institute for Ecology and Climate Change, National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), National Protected Areas Commission (CONANP), and Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources
Worked to prioritize conservation and restoration activities in Escambia and Pensacola Counties to achieve multiple watershed and coastal objectives, including reduction in erosion and flooding, nitrogen and phosphorous retention, nature-based recreation, and near-shore fisheries. Partners: Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy.