Friday, 14 March 2014

2014 Pew Fellows Announced

Today, we are pleased to announce the 2014 Pew Marine Fellows. These Marine Fellows based in Malaysia, Chile, Mexico, and the United States will develop projects that include a genetic study of the global shark fin trade, a social and economic study of no-take fishing zones combined with territorial use fishing rights, a study of one of Malaysia’s last thriving dugong populations, an effort to incentivize community-based sustainable fishing, and the development of a nonfiction book about the problems that tangle in the food web.

Please join in welcoming the 2014 Pew Marine Fellows:

Demian Chapman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University, United States
Demian Chapman’s project will investigate how new international regulations affect the trade in the fins of protected shark species. The project will identify regions where more effort is needed to enforce protections for sharks listed under the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Stefan Gelcich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
Stefan Gelcich will oversee a series of pilot projects in Chile to establish no-take zones in waters reserved for fisherman with territorial rights. Through this research, he will examine the social and ecological conditions that enable this method to be successful and highlight the impacts of incorporating no-take zones within territorial user areas.

Paul Greenberg, Author, United States
Paul Greenberg will research and write a book, “The Omega Principle: A journey to the bottom of the marine food web.” Its publication is intended to increase public understanding of marine food webs and threats they face from overfishing, depletion of forage species, ocean acidification, and a warming climate. Greenberg is the author of the bestseller “Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food” and he has just completed his next work, “American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood” (Penguin Press, June, 2014).

Hoyt Peckham, Ph.D., Director, SmartFish, Mexico, and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, United States
Hoyt Peckham launched the non-profit social enterprise SmartFish to incentivize more sustainable fishing by empowering small-scale fishermen to produce high-quality, more sustainably-caught seafood and cultivate demand for it. Peckham developed SmartFish in Baja California Sur, and his project will allow him to extend the initiative through northwest Mexico and to explore the feasibility of expanding internationally.

Louisa Ponnampalam, Ph.D., Research Fellow, University of Malaya, and co-founder, The MareCet Research Organization, Malaysia
Louisa Ponnampalam’s project will develop information to identify the specific habitat requirements of dugongs through the study of their distribution and abundance as well as the health of ecosystems along the Johor east coast and islands of peninsular Malaysia. The research will be used to assist resource managers to create protected area plans for dugongs and seagrasses. She is the first Malaysian scientist to receive the fellowship award.

Additionally, please take a look at this new video about the Pew Fellows program. And, as always, find more information at