Planning for the protection of marine biodiversity


Marine biodiversity is in rapid decline, and the international community recognizes the need for increased conservation efforts. I will discuss new research where we identify 8.5million km2 of new conservation priority areas and show that at least 26% of the ocean needs effective conservation to preserve marine biodiversity. With a post-2020 global biodiversity agreement currently under development, our analysis demonstrates the overall scale of conservation action required and helps identify areas on which local and regional conservation efforts should focus.  I will also present methods for identifying priorities for protection at a local/regional scale where marine biodiversity is heavily impacted by land-based activities (e.g., farming, forestry).


Carissa Klein is a Senior Lecturer in The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Deputy Director of The Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science. She leads The Ocean Conservation Team (, a group of students and post-doctoral researchers doing research that is motivated by real-world conservation management and policy problems. They specialise in integrating social, economic, and ecological information to develop solutions that improve outcomes for nature and people, especially in the ocean.

Carissa has degrees in Chemistry (BA, 2000), Environmental Science (BA, 2000), Environmental Science and Management (MS, 2006) and Conservation Science (PhD, 2010). Her postgraduate studies were at The University of California, Santa Barbara and The University of Queensland. She has received numerous competitive awards, including two that acknowledge her achievements in setting up successful and lasting international collaborations: The Asia Pacific Economic Corporation Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education and the American Australia Association Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship.


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