I do modeling and empirical research in sustainability science. I have special interest in ecosystem services; the ecological and evolutionary underpinnings of invasions and infestations; applied environmental ethics; ecosystem-based management; social-ecological systems and resilience; and environmental assessment (e.g., LCA).
I am a marine ecologist broadly interested in the interaction of human and natural systems. My research follows two major themes: ecosystem -based management and ecology of invasive species.
I focus on research that interrogates various aspects of the complex relationship between the environment and human society with a solution-oriented lens. My current work focuses on management and governance of marine protected areas, adaptation of communities to climate change within the context of multiple stressors, and the use of participatory methodologies to facilitate adaptation.
I am curious about social-ecological system effects when small farmers are involved in different kinds of globalized markets.
I am interested in how communities can make just and inclusive decisions regarding their resource use.
My work combines spatially explicit models of key ecosystem services to examine the ecological, and socio-economic impacts of various management scenarios.
I am interested in ecological and social dimensions of marine conservation and marine spatial planning.
I’m a PhD student interested in a range of interconnected issues revolving around sustainability and justice. These include social-ecological systems, the role of science in policy, community consultation, and global-local linkages, broadly conceived.
I am a first year Master’s student interested interdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem solving.
I am interested in assessing the ecological impact of various combinations of ecosystem service based management techniques to support improved models for decision-making.
I am a 1st year Ph.D. student from Brazil with a B.Sc. in Biology and M.Sc. in Plant Ecology. I am interested in assessing the indicators of status and change in ecosystem services that should be measured in order to define consistent management decisions to mitigate the acknowledged residual and cumulative impacts of business related projects.
I study how cumulative human impacts stress coastal ecosystems and their ability to provide ecosystem services. I also study how the reintroduction of sea otters on Vancouver Island affect intertidal productivity and diversity.
I am interested in the ways in which qualitative tools, particularly visual and narrative methods, may be used to engage communities in resource management decision making processes and express preference for ecosystem services.
I study how social learning strategies and the adoption of various norms, beliefs and behaviours explain the ability of human societies to adapt or not (by diffusing useful information and practices and creating cooperation) to ecological change and their consequences for resource sustainability. I also study how social-ecological contexts promote the use of particular learning strategies and the development of particular norms.
I’m studying the human, natural, and abiotic drivers of wildlife movement over space and time in the Caprivi Strip, Namibia, using tools from remote sensing, GIS, and statistics.
I am interested in how uncertainty affects management decision-making and the role that ecosystem-based approaches can play in mitigating the impact of manager’s imperfect knowledge of natural resources.
Rebecca Goldman Martone (Postdoc, 2008 – 2012)
Currently: Program Lead at the Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University.
Russell Markel (Postdoc, 2010 – 2012)
Currently: Captain and Owner/Operater of OuterShores Expeditions
Megan Mach (PhD, 2007 – 2012)
Currently: Natural Science Early Career Fellow at the Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University.
Maria Espinosa Romero (MSc, 2008 – 2010)
Espinosa-Romero, M. J., K. M. A. Chan, T. McDaniels and D. M. Dalmer (2011). “Structuring decision-making for ecosystem-based management.” Marine Policy 35(5): 575-583. url
Espinosa-Romero, M. J., E. J. Gregr, C. Walters, V. Christensen and K. M. A. Chan (2011). “Representing mediating effects and species reintroductions in Ecopath with Ecosim.” Ecological Modelling 222(9): 1569-1579. url
Currently: Coordinator of the Midriff Islands Program, Community and Biodiversity (COBI)
Lara Hoshizaki (MSc, 2006 – 2009)
Chan, K. M. A., L. Hoshizaki and B. Klinkenberg (2011) “Ecosystem Services in Conservation Planning: Targeted Benefits or Co-benefits/Costs?” PLoS ONE 6(9): e24378. url
Currently: Organic Farming
Veronica Lo (MSc, 2006 – 2009)
Lo, V., C. Levings, K. M. A. Chan (2012). Quantifying potential propagule pressure of aquatic invasive species from the commercial shipping industry in Canada. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 64(2):295-302. url
Currently: Programme Assistant, Biodiversity and Climate Change Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Environment Programme
Penny White (MSc, 2006 – 2009)
Currently: Project leader for the Metlakatla First Nations, consultant and photographer