All our projects are scientist-manager collaborations
Jeffrey Maynard; Project Leader
PhD Environmental Risk Analysis
BSc and MSc Tropical Marine Biology and Fisheries Ecology
Decision science and support, Information synthesis, Management guidance, Response planning, Climate model applications, Climate vulnerability assessments
Jeffrey Maynard has 15 years experience in applied marine research, conservation, and science communication. He has recently focused on helping coral reef and fisheries managers address threats posed by climate change using remote sensing and climate modeling, decision science, and climate resilience and vulnerability assessments. Jeffrey assembles highly multi-disciplinary project teams that integrate managers and conservation staff, meaning there is no ‘gap to bridge’ between science advances and on-ground management. Projects typically include participatory workshops for planning and for sharing, discussing and developing the final results and reporting products. Jeffrey lives in Carolina Beach, North Carolina with his wife, two sons and daughter.
Gareth Williams; Scientific Advisor
PhD Marine Biology
BSc Marine Biology and MSc Marine Environmental Protection
Statistics, GIS applications, Information synthesis, Decision science and support
Gareth Williams has 12 years experience working as a coral reef scientist. He leads collaborative projects that combine ecology, climate science, oceanography, and statistical modelling to address broad questions about the driving forces of coral reef ecosystems. He has recently focused on studying the coral reefs of the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Ocean with NOAA, Scripps, The Nature Conservancy and the University of Hawaii. He leads projects that guide management decision-making, following identifying how human impacts alter reef condition, and the driving forces of natural variation in reef structure and function. He lives in Conwy, Wales with his wife and son, and is based at the Bangor University School of Ocean Sciences.
Dieter Tracey; Project Leader and GIS and graphics specialist
GIS applications, Habitat mapping, Graphic design and layout, Conceptual diagram development
Dieter has 15 years experience collaborating with environmental managers and conservationists as a photographer, graphic designer, publication layout specialist, and GIS technician. He specializes in combining photos, maps, graphs and design icons to develop figures and brochures. Products he develops in his collaborations with SymbioSeas effectively communicate science to audiences ranging from the general public to senior policy and decision-makers. He has developed >1000 figures in his work with SymbioSeas that have been published in high-ranking academic journals and as part of published reports delivered to dozens of government, non-profit and university clients. Dieter leads Science Graphics, a science communications consultancy based out of Cairns, Australia (Contact).
These collaborators are co-leaders of current projects.
In recent years, there have always been >20 scientists and managers working on projects coordinated by SymbioSeas.