Jennifer Selgrath

* Landscape Ecology * Conservation Biology * Coastal Ecology * Small-Scale Fisheries * Resilience * Habitat Change * Coral Reef Ecology * Remote Sensing * Social-Ecological Systems
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    The goal of my Ph.D. thesis is to understand the interplay between fishing pressure and habitat change and to use such information to explore systematic options for siting marine protected areas (MPAs). I work on the relationship between governance and the sustainability of small-scale fisheries, the spatial-dynamics of small-scale fisheries, and the value of different mapping approaches for applied conservation. I am addressing questions using an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates landscape and community ecology, conservation biology, anthropology and planning, and remote sensing. This work is being done in close collaboration with my Filipino colleagues at the Project Seahorse Foundation (ZSL Philippines) and through the support of the Fulbright Scholars program. You can read more about it in UBC Reports: http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubcreports/2009/09mar05/fulbright.html. On the side I am also interested in catch shares models, aquaculture sustainability and Crown-of-Thorn Starfish outbreaks.
    Before coming to UBC I completed my M.Sc. at San Diego State University (SDSU) where I worked with Dr. Kevin Hovel on American Lobsters and edge effects. We collaborated closely with Dr. Rick Wahle at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Prior to attending SDSU, I was a research apprentice at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories where I studied the population genetics of Pacific Sand Lance and trophic cascades in Marine Reserves. I received a BA in Earth and Environmental Science and a BA in Dance from Wesleyan University. At Wesleyan I assessed eutrophication in lakes and ponds with Dr. Kristina Beuning. I also studied abroad at James Cook University where I did research on dolphin ecology with Dr. Guido Parra and spent time mapping geological formations in the outback.

    You can find me on twitter: @JennySelgrath
    I sometimes blog for Project Seahorse. For example: http://seahorse.fisheries.ubc.ca/node/710

Cordula and Gunter Paetzold Fellowship

2015
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For Research

Cordula and Gunter Paetzold Fellowship

2014
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For Research

NSERC CREATE Training Program in Biodiversity Research Travel Award

2014
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For Research

Travel to the International Marine Conservation Congress.

Rick Hansen Man in Motion Fellowship

2013
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For Research

Novel coral reef mapping for immediate conservation application (Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium)

2013
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For Research

Fostering coral reef resilience to climate change by reducing habitat destruction (Planet Action)

2013
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For Research

Biodiversity Research: Integrative Training & Education Fellowship

2013
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For Research

Department of Zoology Fellowship

2012
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For Research

Declines and Recoveries of Coral Reefs Under Varying Fishing Impacts

2010
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For Research

The Explorer's Club Exploration Fund. The Explorer's Club aims to “broaden our knowledge of the universe” via the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space. The Club's members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon.

Fulbright Scholarship, Philippines

2009
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For Research

Fostering Healthy Habitats Through Sustainable Fishing

Mapping for coral reef conservation: comparing the value of participatory and remote sensing approaches.
Ecosphere DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1325
Selgrath, J. C., Roelfsema, C., Gergel, S. E., Vincent, A. C. J.
2016
Understanding tradeoffs in fishers decision making: Catch, distance, and safety influence where fishers fish
Enhancing Stewardship in Small-Scale Fisheries: Practices and Perspectives.
Selgrath, J.C., Kleiber, D.K., O’Donnell, K.
2014
Diverse fisheries require diverse solutions
Science 323(5912): 338-9
Ban N.C., I.R. Caldwell , T.L. Green , S.K. Morgan, K. O'Donnell , and J.C. Selgrath
2009
Effects of habitat edges on the abundance and survival of American lobsters
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 353(2): 253-264
Selgrath, J.C., K.A., Hovel, R.A. Wahle
2007
Regime Shifts and Spatial Resilience in coral reefs: A Social-Ecological Systems Approach
Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques (2nd Edition)
Selgrath, J.C., Peterson, G. Thyresson, M., Nyström, M. and S. Gergel.
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