Pew welcomes six 2022 Marine Fellows

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Philadelphia—The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that six scientists have been named the 2022 recipients of the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. Fellows – from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States – join a global community of nearly 200 experts engaged in vital ocean conservation work on every continent.

Each Pew Marine Fellow will conduct a three-year research project designed to gather evidence to illuminate pressing challenges in the marine environment. Projects in the 2022 cohort will examine a variety of ocean science and conservation issues, including exploring deep-sea habitats, studying the socio-economic impacts of marine protected areas on nearby communities, improving restoring seagrass beds and monitoring penguin populations.

“Marine research plays a vital role in expanding our understanding of the ocean and advancing conservation,” said Susan K. Urahn, president and CEO of Pew. “Pew has a long history of supporting research that can be used to expand our knowledge and inform critical decisions about our oceans, and new Pew Marine Fellows join a growing community of individuals pursuing innovative and actionable science.”

The 2022 Pew Marine Fellows are:

Diva Amon, Ph.D.
SpeSeas, Trinidad and Tobago
Amon will explore the understudied mesophotic and deep sea habitats of Trinidad and Tobago to inform deep sea biodiversity management in the country.

Heather J. Lynch, Ph.D.
Stony Brook University, USA
Lynch will apply techniques from the field of quantitative finance to improve monitoring of Antarctic penguin species.

Daniel K. Okamoto, Ph.D.
Florida State University, USA
Okamoto will work in partnership with the Council of the Haida Nation and Gwaii Haanas Parks Canada to investigate the likely impacts of a traditional Haida abalone fishery.

Jillian Ooi, Ph.D.
University Malaya, Malaysia
Ooi will identify techniques and environmental conditions that promote seagrass root growth to improve marine habitat restoration practices.

Fitryanti Pakiding, Ph.D.
University of Papua, Indonesia
Pakiding will study the socio-economic impacts of marine protected areas on neighboring communities to inform the design and management of area-based conservation measures.

Dipani Sutaria, Ph.D.
James Cook University, India
Sutaria will study the diversity and distribution of cetaceans and other megafauna in the southeast Arabian Sea to enhance whale and dolphin conservation in one of India’s most productive marine ecosystems.

Now in its 26th year, the Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation program awards mid-career scientists and other experts $150,000 grants over three years to pursue conservation-focused research projects. Fellows are selected by an international committee of marine science experts through a rigorous nomination and review process. Pew has recognized 195 Marine Fellows from 41 countries since the program began.

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