Professor of Marine Spatial Planning
Nelson Mandela University
Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) has emerged internationally as the recommended approach to implementing integrated management of coastal and ocean areas, and is linked to ecosystem-based management and the ecosystem approach to fisheries. In 2017 however, there is no MSP capacity in research, teaching or policy development is South Africa and my research aims to address these gaps. My teams' projects focus on five themes: 1. Strategic strengthening and analysis of knowledge on the spatial and seasonal distribution of marine biodiversity features in coastal, benthic and pelagic environments 2. Evaluation of ecosystem services (ecological infrastructure) and development of accounting techniques for the marine environment 3. Sourcing and collating available baseline biodiversity information to evaluate marine management strategies 4. Development of predictive spatial models of the outcomes of environmental, and anthropogenic, drivers of change in the marine environment 5. Use of outputs from themes 1 to 4 in a MSP framework to inform policy and management My research is highly collaborative and I work closely with South African colleagues (particularly Drs Kerry Sink, Jean Harris, Sven Kerwath, Linda Harris, Stephen Holness, Prof. Colin Attwood) as well as many international collaborators.