The 2010 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation were recently announced and not only do the researchers get much-needed money to continue their research but we get a Google Earth Marine Tour of the researchers and their work. This is a pretty cool 3D tour of the ocean and the research the Pew Fellows will be pursuing over the next three years.
This year, five marine experts based in Sweden, Uruguay, the United Kingdom and Australia are the recipients of the 2010 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation awarded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Each Fellow will receive $150,000 to conduct an innovative three-year project designed to protect global ocean ecosystems and marine life. The winners join more than 115 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation from 30 countries around the globe.
You can learn a bit more on this year’s fellows below or by visiting the Google Earth tour (requires a Google Earth Plugin to be installed in your browser)!
Daniel Conley, Ph.D., Lund University, Sweden
Research different methods for reducing chemical nutrients in the Baltic Sea that cause oxygen depletion and threaten the marine ecosystem.
Omar Defeo, D.Sc., The Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Evaluate co-management arrangements between fishermen, scientists and managers to better regulate shellfish fisheries in Latin America while also incorporating the impacts of climate change.
Beth Fulton, Ph.D., Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Develop scientific models that show how shifts in the amount of species diversity affect the broader ocean ecosystem.
Peter Mumby, Ph.D., The University of Exeter, United Kingdom & The University of Queensland, Australia
Establish scientific models to identify the most resilient coral reef systems to create a network of marine reserves in the Bahamas.
Ben Sullivan, Ph.D., BirdLife International Global Seabird Program, Australia
Develop and test devices to reduce seabird “bycatch” in open ocean longline and trawl fisheries.