Mairi Miller, PhD Candidate
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Geography
I hold a MS in Biological Oceanography and MA in Environmental Policy. I am interested in how management tools such as MPAs perform in achieving the goals and objectives set forth in local, national and international policies.
Supervisor(s): Dr. Rodolphe Devillers (MUN) and Dr. Natalie Ban (U Vic)
Start to Finish: 9/2017 to 9/ 2021
CHONe Project: Project 1.1.4. Development of indicators for assessing marine conservation success and spatial management effectiveness.
Project Title: Effectiveness of Canadas MPAs in successfully achieving the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values.
This thesis aims to examine the effectiveness of current approaches to siting MPAs or other area-based measures by combining theoretical assessments of pressures exerted on coastal and marine systems and the responses to management approaches and case studies to ensure adequate and timely representation of key social and ecological features. This study attempts to elucidate the most appropriate way to achieve desired conservation objectives, and propose an integrated management framework to address key future stressors and mechanisms to successfully achieve long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values.
The specific project/thesis aims are:
- Identify measures of ecological and social effectiveness in Canada and associated indicators.
- Identify gaps in terms of understanding and implementing effective conservation strategies that future MPAs could fill.
This project links to the broader goals of CHONe in elucidating the impacts of local and regional pressures on marine systems. The project-specific goals aim to link to broad goals that ensure MPA design and implementation do not ignore key factors that could potentially contribute to their success. Specific focus aims to link social and ecological efforts to ensure development of effective, comprehensive Canadian MPAs.