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The Center shapes its work on ocean ecosystem health around a series of cross-cutting issues at the forefront of the ocean sustainability conversation.

Our projects and working groups in this area work on:

  • determining how to address multiple stressors in marine and coastal ecosystems while accommodating existing and emerging ocean uses
  • applying emerging insights from theory and practice into integrated human-natural systems research to achieve ecosystem resilience and promote human well-being
  • providing guidance to address appropriate thresholds and performance standards for management and indicators for tracking ecosystem health
  • synthesizing and translating the science of ecosystem-based management to enhance governance and decision- making for coasts and oceans

 

 

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MARINE is a collaboration between The Center for Ocean Solutions and seven Monterey Bay area academic campuses to prepare our future ocean leaders, and enhance marine education. Our partner campuses include:


Each campus is represented by MARINE Student and Faculty Liaisons who work together to design and organize events each year.

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We aim to equip Monterey Bay area graduate and post-graduate students with skills to be ocean leaders and communicators by:

  • training students to contribute to environmental decision-making and shaping the students' leadership and communications skills early on in their careers;
  • exposing students to professional development and networking opportunities and
  • nurturing the growth of MARINE as a networked community of students and faculty who focus on marine-related science and policy.

 

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Specialties:

Terry Hughes is an affiliated researcher with the Center for Ocean Solutions, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow, and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, where he leads Program 5: Resilience of linked social-ecological systems. Terry has an extensive background in coral reef ecology, and his research has increasingly evolved from an ecological focus towards a broader evaluation of the linkages between coral reef ecosystems and people. The new Program he heads focuses on solutions for managing resilience and for coping with change and uncertainty in complex social-ecological systems. Terry’s future research will focus on the linkages between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the welfare of human societies. The overarching goal is to integrate the science of coral reef resilience with decision-making and management.

Terry earned a B.A. from Trinity College, University of Dublin and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He was then a Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Biologist, and Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies as a Federation Fellow, Laureate Fellow, and Director, Terry held positions on the faculty of the School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University. Terry’s full biography can be found at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies here.

Contact Information:
Email: terry.hughes@jcu.edu.au

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Tegan C. Hoffmann, Ph.D, leads the firm Blue Earth Consultants, LLC, which has collaborated on a number of key strategic efforts with The Center for Ocean Solutions (COS), most notably with its Pacific Ocean Initiative (POI).  Blue Earth Consultants was instrumental in facilitating every stage of this seminal project’s conceptualization, organization and implementation.    The initiative produced Ecosystems and People of the Pacific Ocean—Threats and Opportunities for Action: A Scientific Consensus Statement, a composite library of information that, for the first time in history, represents the voice of the scientific community in addressing the urgent threats facing the Pacific Ocean.

Blue Earth Consultants assisted COS in coordinating the scientific community around this effort.    POI’s initial product was a 100-page report made available to the public in 2009 entitled Pacific Ocean Meta-Analaysis: Scientific Literature Review and Synthesis of Coastal and Ocean Threats, Impacts, and Solutions, for which COS gave Blue Earth Consultants the task of systematically and comprehensively surveying more than 3,400 scientific articles and reports covering the entire Pacific Ocean.  This literature review became the basis of the Pacific Ocean Library, an on-line, fully-browsable, searchable database of all the relevant citations and abstracts from the journals, books, reports and foundational readings on the Pacific Ocean’s different regions.  With Blue Earth Consultants’ assistance and continuing maintenance, the POI Library has been praised as a unique and valuable resource for scientists, researchers and students of this critical global natural resource. 

Blue Earth Consultants has worked closely with COS in a number of other areas related to science integration. The firm has acted as a general consultant to COS in several areas of critical interest on a wide range of topics, such as programmatic design, workshop coordination, grant-writing and general research.  Capitalizing on establishment of the POI library, and realizing that the Library’s greatest impact will be in its application to Pacific Ocean threats, Blue Earth Consultants is supporting COS efforts to develop various derivative concept products and projects that will assist in the dissemination of the Library’s valuable knowledge and understanding, such as peer-reviewed journal publications, sector and regional solutions stemming from POI’s findings, and graduate-level university courses designed around bringing solutions to bear on the ocean’s threats. 

Dr. Hoffmann has over ten years of experience in coastal and ocean sustainable resource management.  Her expertise is in monitoring and evaluation, integration of science (natural and social) for policy and management, sustainable financing, applied research and synthesis, and strategic and business planning.  Currently she consults on both domestic and international coastal and ocean projects for governments, intergovernmental organizations, foundations and NGOs.  The firm has worked with academics, nongovernmental organizations and government agencies to improve the institutional arrangements, process, design and use of science for environmental policy and management.  She has facilitated and assisted in building and developing effective and focused programs and strategies for multiple coastal and ocean organizations, agencies, and stakeholder groups to achieve greater results.  Blue Earth Consultants has conducted evaluations and developed tools and frameworks to measure success.  Dr. Hoffmann has published on how to measure and evaluate effectiveness and success of conservation and resource management projects, as well as integrate adaptive management processes into monitoring and evaluation plans.  Blue Earth Consultants has consulted for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Morgan Family Foundation, the Pew Conservation Fellows, Resource Legacy Fund Foundation, Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN), Shaman Pharmaceuticals, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, California Ocean Science Trust, California Ocean Protection Council, Rare, the World Bank, WWF and other international organizations, non-governmental organizations and government ministries.  Graduating from the University of California Berkeley, Tegan Hoffmann holds a Masters and Ph.D in Geography and a B.S. in Conservation Resource Studies.  She is widely published and received numerous awards and research grants for her work from organizations including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s STAR Fellowship, NOAA, NFWF, University California’s Pacific Rim Research Program, the U.S. Indonesia Society and others.  Dr. Hoffmann has developed and conducted several trainings in the Wider Caribbean and Indo-Pacific regions for hundreds of community stakeholders on coastal and ocean conservation and resource management issues and has taught several classes at the university level.  For more information on TCHA see www.tchoffmann.com.

Contact Information:
Email: tegan@blueearthconsultants.com
Phone: (510) 268-8207
Website: http://www.blueearthconsultants.com

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Taholo Kami has worked closely with the Center for Ocean Solutions to develop the Pacific Ocean Initiative. A Tongan native, Kami grew up in Papua New Guinea and graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Technology of PNG.  He completed an MBA in marketing/eCommerce as a Fulbright scholar at Vanderbilt University.  Kami has worked with the United Nations in New York on networking small islands nations by setting up the Small Islands Developing States Network (SIDSNET). He has been involved in various initiatives such as working on development projects at a local level and national development strategies on information and communication technologies and the environment. He currently chairs the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation.

Contact Information:
Email: kami@iucn.org
Website: http://www.iucn.org/oceania

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