About Dr. Kelly Heber Dunning

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Mangrove fieldwork in Tuban, Indonesia

I am Kelly Heber Dunning, a Texas-based natural resource management expert with a PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Policy from MIT, and my MSc from Oxford University Center for the Environment. Here is my CV. This is my personal website and blog. It features writing on conservation policy, marine conservation, biodiversity, international development, and climate change. Currently, I run the Coastal Training Program at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) and the Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve. I published my first book, Managing Coral Reefs: an Ecological and Institutional Analysis of Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia in summer of 2018.

I have nine years of environmental policy and conservation experience all over the world, including in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, as well as the U.S. and E.U. I have worked with government decision-makers, multilateral development institutions, civil society, the private sector, and local stakeholders. I have broad expertise in environmental policy, specializing in coastal ecosystem management, mangrove ecosystems, tropical biodiversity conservation, fisheries regulation, community-based ecosystem management, the Convention on Biological Diversity, marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, and ecosystem based management. My contact information is at the bottom of the page.

In addition to research and policy work, I have an interest in teaching, and have taught classes at MIT on Marine Policy and Marine Spatial Planning, as well as statistical analysis and environmental policy.



Stakeholder outreach with IRDA in Kampung Sinaran Bahru, Malaysia Agro-tourism venture


Seagrass surveys in the Florida Keys


55 feet below on the Aquarius Reef Base saturation dive off Islamorada, Florida

Contact me:

email: kellyhdunning@utexas.edu




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