Media coverage on my fieldwork: impacts of land reclamation on mangroves and coastal Balinese ecosystems

Link to article: “Kelly Heber Dunning, a doctoral candidate in natural resource management at MIT, has worked with fishing communities in the area and shares some of the same concerns. She told VICE News that intertidal habitats such as Benoa have huge value, as they “buffer human settlements from erosion, provide habitats for juvenile fish that […]

Media coverage on my research: MIT Environmental Policy and Planning reviews my work on “Implementing the International Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in South East Asia” “International treaties can exert pressure on national governments to pay attention to certain policy goals, how they choose to implement these goals is up to them. Kelly Heber Dunning (PhD ’16) examines the challenges facing countries that have signed on to the International Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Using a comparative case study of […]

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, I […]

MIT write-ups on our Department of State Fish Data contest entry CaptuRED

Last week, Iain Dunning and I created a tool for SE Asian communities to better manage their mangroves, fisheries, and costal ecosystems. Iain did the coding, and I the data compilation and conceptual framework. Here is my department at MIT’s write up on the project: Science Impact Collaborative news: Link MIT EPP DUSP Home: Link […]

Finalist in the State Department #OurOceans2014 Conference Fish Hackathon

Here is the link to our site: link Here is the link to a video about our tool: link Here is the actual State Department #OurOceans2014 presentation, we go on at (~3:53) link    

Statistics for fisheries regulations

I wanted to post the question I wrote for the 2014 midterm in quantitative reasoning at MIT. The answers are italicized. It’s a good example of using quantitative reasoning for fisheries regulations planning. Question 4. It’s lobster season in Fiji. Villagers are allowed to take lobsters from a protected area for a two-week season every […]

Coastal & Marine Resource Management and teaching international courses abroad for MIT

January is IAP at MIT (Independent Activities Period). Most people work on research, submit papers, or take a crazy class they would not otherwise do. In IAP 2014, my advisor asked me to TA his practicum course that brought 15 masters students to Malaysia. Since MIT signed a 5 year agreement with the Malaysian government […]

Coastal planning for resilience: Indonesian coral reefs and community-based management

Coral reef ecosystems the world over are faced with mounting crisis. The causes range from pollution, rising ocean temperatures, to overfishing. Indonesia, home to 20% of the world’s coral reefs, 75% of the world’s existing corals, 54,700 km of coastline, 6.1 million square kilometers of EEZ, has major incentive to engage in planning for coastal […]