The three-year fellowships include $150,000 to conduct scientific research or a conservation project that addresses a critical challenge to the oceans. Projects proposed by this year's cohort of fellows include research on the link between healthy fish populations and healthy coral reefs in the waters off of India, an evaluation of the status of marine mammal populations near Tanzania, an assessment of the success of marine-protected areas in Palau, a review of traditional laws governing marine resource use in Indonesia, and an examination of the ecological and societal impacts of sea otter recovery in British Columbia.
The 2013 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation are Rohan Arthur, a senior scientists at the Nature Conservation Foundation in Karnataka, India; Rwanda-based Gillian Braulik, an independent research associated with the University of St. Andrews, Scotland; Yimnang Golbuu, chief researcher at the Palau International Coral Reef Center; Meity Mongdong, the Bird's Head Seascape capacity building manager at Conservation International Indonesia in Denpasar, Bali; and Anne K. Salomon, assistant professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.
"The 2013 Pew Marine Fellows add their vision and talent to new research and collaboration with stakeholders to help protect our vital marine resources," said Polita Glynn, director of the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation. "We look forward to helping them advance ocean stewardship around the world."