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Jessica Meeuwig

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Name  Jessica Meeuwig
Alma mater  McGill University
Fields  Oceanography

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Residence  Perth, Western Australia
Nationality  Dual national: Canada and Australia
Institutions  The University of Western Australia
Known for  Campaigning for Marine Conservation
Notable awards  Conservation Fellow of the Zoological Society of London (appointed 2012)
Institution  University of Western Australia

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Professor Jessica Meeuwig is the inaugural director of the Centre for Marine Futures at the University of Western Australia. In 2012 she was appointed as a Conservation Fellow of the Zoological Society of London. and was also named as one of the 100 most influential people in Western Australia by the Western Australian newspaper.

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Career

After being awarded a PhD with Distinction by McGill University, Jessica became deputy director of the conservation organisation Project Seahorse. Jessica worked in SE Asia on the science and management of reef fisheries, including the application of novel statistical approaches to understanding catch and effort data. On moving to Perth, Jessica worked for the WA Department of Environment and Conservation and the Australian Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts in policy and planning positions. At UWA, Jessica worked on the "Marine Futures" project prior to being appointed as inaugural director of the new Centre for Marine Futures.

Research

Professor Meeuwig's PhD research was on the subject of statistical modelling of aquatic ecosystems. She now focuses on how marine fish communities are affected for good or ill by human activities, such as resource extraction or protection. Her research projects include investigating the displacement of humpback whales as a result of coastal development, researching how sharks and fish use underwater banks and canyons, and how marine sanctuaries generate ecological and economic benefits.

Environmental campaigns

Professor Meeuwig is well known in Western Australia for her campaigning to protect the marine environment. She is a strong advocate for the creation of marine parks in Western Australia, an idea opposed by the WA state government.

Opposition to Western Australian Shark Cull

In response to the deaths of 7 swimmers attacked by sharks between 2010 and 2013, the government of Western Australia implemented a shark culling scheme in 2014 - a policy which generated considerable controversy in WA. Professor Meeuwig made a submission opposing the scheme to the State Environmental Protection Agency backed by 300 of the world's leading marine scientists. Meeuwig has analysed the data from a similar scheme in Queensland and found no statistical evidence that it has proved effective in reducing deaths from shark attacks.

Awards and recognition

  • 2009 WA Coastal Award for Excellence in Marine Science and Education (team award)
  • Conservation Fellow of the Zoological Society of London (appointed 2012)
  • 2012 Finalist, WA Science Ambassador of the Year
  • References

    Jessica Meeuwig Wikipedia


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