Salomon awarded Pew Fellowship
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Anne Salomon, an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, has been awarded one of five 2013 Pew Fellowships in Marine Conservation to conduct a synthesis of the ecological and societal impacts of sea otter recovery in North America.
Working in partnership with coastal First Nations and the Hakai Beach Institute, Salomon’s project will synthesize data of sea otter recovery, including the effects on shellfish and other commercially and culturally valuable fisheries.
“It’s an incredible honour,” said Salomon of receiving the fellowship. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of several highly successful marine conservation research collaborations with coastal First Nations and Indigenous people in Alaska and British Columbia, and this award recognizes those partnerships.”
Salomon’s research seeks to understand how human activities alter the productivity, biodiversity, and resilience of coastal food webs, information she uses to guide ecosystem approaches to marine conservation.
Studying the cascading effects of predator depletion, the role of marine spatial planning in ecosystem-based management, and the dynamics of linked social-ecological systems, Salomon engages with coastal communities and government agencies in collaborative research, encouraging constructive dialogue among stakeholders to design effective marine policies that balance the needs of people and nature.
The Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation, managed in Washington, DC, has awarded 130 fellowships to individuals working in 33 countries. Each fellow receives US$150,000 to conduct a three-year scientific research or conservation project designed to address critical challenges to the oceans.
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