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Gabby Ahmadia

Program Officer, Coral Reef Ecology

As a Post-doctoral Marine Scientist, Gabby will help our interdisciplinary team to monitor and evaluate the social and ecological impacts of marine conservation interventions, initially focusing on marine protected areas (MPAs). She is supporting existing work in the Bird’s Head Seascape in West Papua, Indonesia and an emerging project in the Sunda Banda Seascape of Eastern Indonesia.

Originally hailing from Hawai‘i, Gabby has a wealth of experience, ranging from monitoring and eradication programs for invasive plant species in Natural Area Reserve Systems in Hawaii to marine ecophysiology to developing rapid vulnerability and resilience assessments for coral reefs. She completed her PhD in Coastal and Marine Systems Science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, investigating factors that structure coral reef fish assemblages. She has traveled throughout the Pacific, with most of her work carried out in Indonesia’s Wakatobi Marine National Park, where she worked for seven summers with Operation Wallacea.

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