Professor Graham Edgar

Professor Edgar used his Scholarship to research the effectiveness of marine protected areas as a tool for biodiversity conservation at the Centre for Applied Biodiversity Science, Conservation International in Arlington, Virginia for four months.

The major aim of the project was to improve marine conservation planning through the development of models that accurately predict ecological benefits arising from one important tool available to managers, the declaration of marine protected areas (MPAs).

The project provided information critical for management of marine biodiversity by quantifying relationships between ecological characteristics of reef communities and marine protected zones of different size and shape.