Growing up in the Swiss mountains, the ocean was a distant dream for me until I took my first gulp of Mediterranean seawater at age nine. I have since lived in Australia, Indonesia and Palau, where I have studied and worked on issues related to tropical fisheries and anthropogenic impacts on large marine predators, including fisheries bycatch, aerial and boat-based marine megafauna surveys, and shark fishing livelihoods.
Studying threatened, endangered and protected (TEP) species bycatch in a Western Australian trawl fishery for my Honours degree, I realised that the natural sciences alone didn’t provide the kinds of answers I was looking for. In my PhD I combined methods from the natural and social sciences to study the eastern Indonesian shark fishery, both from a fisheries science and a livelihoods perspective. My experiences in eastern Indonesia confirmed the benefits of combining different disciplinary approaches in my research, landing me on a continuing journey of exploring novel solutions to TEP management and conservation questions in the contexts of small-scale coastal and larger scale oceanic fisheries.
My current work includes the application of transdisciplinary approaches to assessments of data-poor fisheries, including IUU fisheries. Now based in Palau, I work on various consultancies throughout the Micronesia/SE Asia region. If you would like to discuss a potential collaboration or consultancy, please get in touch via the contact details below.
Coral Reef Research Foundation
PO Box 1765
Republic of Palau
+680 488 5255 (Office)
+680 778 4140 (Mobile)
Declining catches, a reduction in the demand for shark fin and debilitating debt with their bosses have left many Indonesian shark fishers in search of a new livelihood. This short documentary investigates one such ‘diversification strategy’ of fishers in one of my study sites, providing insight into small-scale fishers’ susceptibility to external pressures, and shedding light on some common misperceptions about people smugglers.