Our marine biodiversity, social equity and community-based conservation experts

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Neil Cousins

Neil Cousins1

Neil is as an international marine biodiversity advisor. With a background in consultancy, governance, and academia he provides advice on marine biodiversity assessment and mitigation on global projects – so far working on projects in over 35 countries. In his role he provides support to projects that seek to develop strategies and implement no net loss and net positive approaches for marine biodiversity.

1 Founder of Bluedot Associates Ltd, UK

Nathan J. Bennett1,2,3

Nathan is a leading social scientist who has focus on studying the complex dynamic between humans and the environment. His expertise relates to social equity and justice in relation to marine conservation and the blue economy – addressing governance, indigenous perspectives, and just transitions to change. His work seeks to promote greater engagement with equity and justice considerations for ocean management and decision-making.
1 Chair of the IUCN People and the Oceans Specialist Group
2 Freelance Consultant, Small Ocean Solutions
3 Lead Researcher, The Peopled Seas Initiative
Nathan J Bennett
Lindsey West

Lindsey West1,2,3

Lindsey has worked globally with scientists, conservationists, and local communities on a range of marine and terrestrial conservation projects. Her focus is on the socio-cultural processes that shape the practice and outcomes of community-based marine biodiversity conservation. For the last 13 years she has acted as a lead advisor for a Tanzanian NGO called Sea Sense working on the ground with coastal communities to conserve marine wildlife; and to strengthen fisheries management and governance systems.
1 Technical Advisor of Sea Sense, Tanzania
2 Researcher at Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, UK
3 Member of the IUCN SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group and the IUCN SSC Sirenia Specialist Group

Simon J. Pittman1,2,3,4,5

Internationally, Simon is best known for his work in building the foundations for the newly emerging field of seascape ecology and as editor of the first book dedicated to the subject published in 2018. His expertise lies in understanding the spatial components of marine ecology with a focus on the application of landscape ecology concepts and tools to marine ecosystems – informing conservation management, planning and risk assessments.
1 Member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Marine Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group
2 Advisor to the Science Council for the Global Ocean Refuge System (Blue Parks)
3 Editor for Marine Ecology Progress Series and the journal Sustainability
4 Research Associate at the Oxford Seascape Ecology Lab, University of Oxford, UK
5 Founder of Seascape Analytics Ltd, UK
Simon J Pittman
Manjula Tiwari

Manjula Tiwari1,2,3,4,5,6

Manjula is a leading international marine turtle scientist and conservationist. Manjula collaborates with sea turtle projects around the world with a focus on building local networks to support conservation approaches. She serves as a Scientific and Technical Advisor to many projects funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Marine Turtle Conservation Fund and the founder of a marine NGO, through which she drives conservation programmes with local communities and groups.
1 Member of the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group
2 Advisory Committee member to the Indian Ocean Southeast Asia Memorandum of Understanding
3 Secretary of the International Sea Turtle Society
4 Editor-in-Chief of the African Sea Turtle Newsletter and Editor of the Marine Turtle Newsletter
5 Conservation Scientist at the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Turtle Ecology and Assessment Program, California
6 President of Ocean Ecology Network Inc.

Helen Russell1

Helen is a leading international social assessment advisor with a specific focus on the implementation of best practice social safeguard standards. She has a focus on researching the impact of projects on communities, including on livelihoods and shelter, and the rights and cultures of Indigenous peoples. She is also involved in the monitoring of development programmes that seek to work with local communities to offset their impacts.
1 Founder of Solutions for a Small Planet Ltd
Helen Russell
Caroline Weir

Caroline Weir1,2,3,4,5

Caroline is a marine mammal scientist who has conducted visual and acoustic studies of free-ranging cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) since 1995. Her primary research interests focus primarily on the distribution and ecology of cetacean communities. In the last decade she was specialised in the cetaceans occurring along the west coast of Africa and in the Falkland Islands.
1 Member of the IUCN-SSC Cetacean Specialist Group
2 Member of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Scientific Council’s Aquatic Mammals Working Group
3 Project Officer at Falklands Conservation
4 Founder of Ketos Ecology
5 Honorary research fellow at the University of Aberdeen