Dr. Kelly Heber Dunning

Fieldwork in Amed, Indonesia

About me

My name is Dr. Kelly Heber Dunning. I hold my PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an MSc from Oxford, a BA from the University of Florida, and I am a Fulbright and Teach for America Alum. I am an assistant professor at Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife with over 10 years of experience working on environmental policy problems all over the world. My lab is the Conservation Governance Lab. Our research program focuses on biodiversity conservation policy with an eye to the complicated story behind environmental policy-making and implementation (or “governance”). Scroll down for recent blog posts and updates, and a link to my recent book on coral reefs. My Google Scholar page is here. Publications and PDFs here.

Book: Managing Coral Reefs

My first book on coral reef management was published in 2018. You can purchase it with the link below. It compares coral reef management in marine protected areas (MPAs) in Indonesia and Malaysia. It examines how community based MPA management compared to top-down, federal management. Social, economic, and ecological data is used to determine that community based MPA management results in more resilient reefs and communities.

Kelly Dunning

Students looking to apply for a position in my lab please send a CV, and a 1-2 page statement on your background and interests.


Twitter: @DrKellyHDunning