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Samantha

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Expertise
Marine biology, conservation biology, and international development

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Do protected areas work? Exploring long term species abundence before and after the implementation of a protected area.

Using fish data from the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment Program, calculate biodiversity in an area of the Caribbean where a marine protected area was established. Does biodiversity increase after the implementation of the protected area?

Are mangrove restoration efforts effective? Measuring the long-term impacts of restoration efforts.

The re-planting of mangrove habitats have been a popular tool in habitat restoration. However, emerging research shows that many of these restoration efforts don't last. Using satellite imagery, measure the growth (or decline) of a site where a large-scale mangrove restoration operation occurred.

Coding skills

R, Matlab

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