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Dr. Annick Cros, Science and Training Specialist, The Nature Conservancy

With apologies, this lecture is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances—we will try to get Dr. Cros back next fall.  

Canceled—Resilience Based Management of Coral Reefs
Speaker: Dr. Annick Cros, Science and Training Specialist, The Nature Conservancy
Thursday, November 9, 2023
6:00pm to 7:00pm Pacific Time
Online via Zoom (details below)

About the Topic

Due to projections of increasing climate impacts, recurring mass coral bleaching events, and widespread degradation of coral reefs around the globe, there has been a shift towards management approaches that support the resilience of coral reefs and the people and local economies that depend on them. Resilience-based management (RBM) is a management approach that uses knowledge of current and future drivers influencing ecosystem functions to prioritize, implement, and adapt management actions that sustain ecosystems and human well-being. ​(paragraph from the Reef Resilience Network)

Dr. Cros will be introducing the core concepts of reef resilience as well as the newest framework used by coral reef managers to integrate resilience into their management work.

About the Speaker

Annick Cros is a marine biologist with expertise in coral reef conservation. She transplanted her first coral nubbin to build reef resilience in Mombasa in 2002 and has worked on innovative approaches to coral reefs management ever since. She has a PhD from the University of Hawai’i in conservation genetics and 20 years’ international experience working on spatial planning, the design of Marine Protected Areas (MPA), MPA networks, and integrating climate change into coral reef conservation. In her time with The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Marine program from 2007-2012, Annick trained in Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation and has helped teams and communities worldwide design more efficient management strategies for conservation. In recent years, Annick has worked as a consultant, developing several courses for the Reef Resilience Network, while also lecturing at the California State University of Monterey Bay and diving in the cold waters of Monterey.

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