Media coverage: Can Southeast Asia stop dumping plastic waste in our oceans?

An article featuring my views on marine waste in Southeast Asia: http://sea-globe.com/plastic-waste-southeast-asia-globe/ “From what I have gathered through my own research, [the region’s plastic waste problem] started in the 1960s and 1970s when plastics began to replace banana leaves as the primary food containers,” said Kelly Heber Dunning, a PhD Student focused on natural resource managementContinue reading “Media coverage: Can Southeast Asia stop dumping plastic waste in our oceans?”

January 2015 teaching in the field: MIT Malaysia field practicum on sustainable development

This is the second year that I’ve been invited on as a teaching assistant for the MIT Sustainable Development Practicum course. We bring 15 masters students who then group themselves according to interest and study some of the many topics within sustainable development. The great thing for me is that in the final week, IContinue reading “January 2015 teaching in the field: MIT Malaysia field practicum on sustainable development”

New paper: Ecosystem services and community based coral reef management institutions in post blast-fishing Indonesia

Link here to the journal. Here is my copy of the PDF: Dunning, Kelly Heber (2014) “Ecosystem Services and Community Based Coral Reef Management regimes in Post Blast-fishing Indonesia.” Thanks to my supervisors, Dr. Larry Susskind, and Dr. Porter Hoagland for help revising.

Conserve.io collaboration: Using GIS and mobile technology to plot whales by species and behavior

Recently I was invited by Jake Levenson and the folks over at Conserve.io to help analyze spatial and quantitative data for a project by entitled “Conservation in the Cloud: Leveraging mobile technology connecting tourism & resource managers.” The plots that I contributed use data from their application to reflect real time whale sightings in two embayments in Iceland,Continue reading “Conserve.io collaboration: Using GIS and mobile technology to plot whales by species and behavior”

Team Poster at Stanford’s annual NatCap Conference

This poster features values for carbon sequestration ecosystem services in the Hudson and the Delaware estuary systems. They are calculated under different intensities of dredging. The research is an ongoing part the NSF-Funded Coastal SEES work on dredging in the Hudson and Delaware, and its impacts on ecosystem services.  

Mangrove tourism advertisement Iskandar Regional Development Agency (IRDA)

My esteemed friend at IRDA, Tok Muharam, used our picture from a recent trip to Kong Kong Laut fishing village, a village working on creating an economy for sustainable eco tourism in their mangroves, and floating fishing farms. We are on the right. Very interesting work going on at IRDA in mangrove management and fisheriesContinue reading “Mangrove tourism advertisement Iskandar Regional Development Agency (IRDA)”

Oyster fisheries collapse in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay: When Ideology, not science, guides policy

The politics behind the collapse of the oyster fishery in Apalachicola Bay are impossible to ignore.  Especially given Tea Party Governor Rick Scott’s appeal to the federal government (Small Business Association or SBA) for emergency funds to bail out the communities with economies devastated by the collapse. Rick Scott has repeated the following mantra againContinue reading “Oyster fisheries collapse in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay: When Ideology, not science, guides policy”

Sea Turtle Nesting Habits & Socioeconomic Indicators in R (part II)

Last time I looked at correlations between actual nest building and socioeconomic variables like population in South Florida’s coastal counties, and per capita income. This time I am looking for relationships between emergence of the same three sea turtle species (loggerhead, green, and leatherbacks noted in their latin names in the code). Emergence means comingContinue reading “Sea Turtle Nesting Habits & Socioeconomic Indicators in R (part II)”