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Global Oceans

Joanna Smith, Ph.D., RPBio
Director, Ocean Planning and Mapping
Global MSP Lead
Nature United, Canada
E-mail: joanna_smith@tnc.org

Joanna Smith is the Global MSP Lead and Director, Ocean Planning and Mapping for TNC’s Global Oceans team. Joanna provides leadership for the organisation on best practices for MSP, develops lessons learned and works with governments, communities and local partners to build science-based marine spatial plans. Currently, she is the process and science lead for Seychelles Marine Spatial Plan Initiative, and supports marine spatial planning and/or implementation in Canada, Palau, Eastern Caribbean, African and Asia-Pacific. Previously, Joanna was a consultant with Birdsmith Ecological Research, a company she founded for research, conservation, and education. She also worked in the TNC Washington chapter in Seattle, leading the  aquatic sciences team and ocean planning work.  Joanna’s work focuses on integrating science, policy, economics, and stakeholder values so that marine plans can be successfully implemented and ocean management improved. Joanna received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle USA. She is on the Editorial Board for The Skimmer and co-founder of the MSP community listserv on Open Channels.  Joanna serves as science advisor to SeaDoc Society and Laskeek Bay Conservation Society. Her publications include marine spatial planning, seabird ecology, fisheries bycatch and island biogeography.

Kate Longley-Wood, M.S.
Ocean Mapping Coordinator
The Nature Conservancy, USA
E-mail: kathryn.longley-wood@tnc.org

Kate Longley-Wood is the Ocean Mapping Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Oceans program.  She provides technical and logistical support for MSP efforts in a variety of locations including the Seychelles and Baja, Mexico.  She also provides  communication materials on MSP, maintains and builds websites, and assists with a range of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) projects for Global Oceans and TNC’s regional programs.  As the project and data manager for TNC’s Mapping Ocean Wealth project, she oversees development of web-based ecosystem service mapping tools. For the Seychelles MSP, Kate provides project support for stakeholder input & feedback, meeting documentation, communications materials, and assistance to project management. Previously, she worked as a project manager at SeaPlan, an ocean planning non-profit, supporting ocean planning efforts in the U.S. through spatial data development and stakeholder engagement projects.  Her interest in ocean mapping and planning stems from professional and academic experience in marine mammalogy, ecology, and GIS.  Kate has worked as a right whale aerial observer and researcher in Georgia and Massachusetts, and completed a thesis on the distribution of right whales in Massachusetts Bay.  She received an M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a B.A. in Biology from Wesleyan University. Kate’s publications include reviews of decision-support tools and developing marine plans in the United States. 

Carmen Ravenga
Fisheries Strategy Lead
The Nature Conservancy, USA
Email: crevenga@tnc.org

Carmen Revenga leads the Coastal Fisheries Strategy within the Global Oceans Team at The Nature Conservancy. The strategy focuses on supporting fisheries reform via the application of FishPath. FishPath is an engagement process for guiding the development of fisheries management strategies in data and capacity-limited situations. The FishPath process is underpinned by a web-based decision support tool that helps users consider the fundamental elements of sustainability for a fishery and offers a suite of options for management strategy development. The FishPath team has been applying FishPath in collaboration with fishing communities, government scientists, and fishery stakeholders around the world. We hope to link FishPath to MSP projects, where appropriate, to help improve the management of coastal fisheries and increase fisheries science and management capacity among key stakeholders. 

Global Science

Jennifer McGowan, Ph.D.
Spatial Planning Technical Coordinator
The Nature Conservancy, USA
Email: jennifer.mcgowan@tnc.org

Jennifer is the Spatial Planning Technical Coordinator for TNC’s Global Science team and is responsible for supporting spatial action mapping under the Conservancy’s Shared Conservation Agenda. Jennifer’s work also focuses on the development and uptake of tailored decision-support tools for conservation prioritization and planning. Jennifer has spent the last five years helping countries and NGOs around the world integrate decision-support tools into their biodiversity and conservation strategies.  She advised the spatial planning process which delivered the Coral Triangle’s largest multi-use marine park, Tun Mustapha Park in Malaysian Borneo, and has worked on a diverse range of prioritization problems from the highly contested waters of the Adriatic Sea to the remote seascapes of Papua New Guinea.  Additional information on Our People – nature.org

Canada 

Jenn Burt, Ph.D.
B.C. Marine Program Lead
Nature United, Canada
Email: jenn.burt@tnc.org

Jenn Burt is the BC Marine Program Lead and is responsible for the marine strategies and activities on Canada’s Pacific Coast.  Jenn is a passionate marine ecologist, facilitator, and communicator with expertise in kelp forest ecology, resilience and adaptation in coastal human communities, integrated marine planning, and resource management in linked social-ecological systems. She has been involved in multiple coastal planning initiatives (marine protected area network design, integrated marine planning on BC’s north coast, and an ongoing proposal for a UNESCO biosphere region), which contribute to her interest in how communities, governments, NGOs and industry can work together to achieve better ecosystem-based management. Prior to her PhD, she was the Marine Planning Coordinator at the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society where she worked to strengthen protected area planning, encourage science-based management, and advance many regional marine planning processes. Before that, she obtained a Masters degree in Pacific salmon ecology from UBC, and coordinated marine biology and conservation education programs at the Vancouver Aquarium.

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