About

Rebecca grew up in the UK, and completed a Master’s degree in Zoology from the University of Sheffield before moving to Australia to undertake her PhD at James Cook University. After completing her doctorate, Rebecca worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society Fiji Country program, before returning to JCU as a research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies' Conservation Planning group. 

Rebecca's research explores how conservation planning concepts and tools can be applied to develop marine protected area networks in regions with community-based management. A central theme of her work is the importance of spatial scale in conservation planning; in particular the need to reconcile regional-sale planning with local-scale implementation in order to develop ecologically functional MPA networks that are supported by local resource users. Her current research is focussed on the Coral Triangle and Western Pacific region. 

Teaching
  • MB5310: Marine Reserves as Fisheries Management Tools (Level 5; TSV)
Experience
  • 2010 to 2012 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wildlife Conservation Society (Fiji)
Research Disciplines
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 20+ research outputs authored by Dr Rebecca Weeks from 2009 onwards.

Current Funding

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Wildlife Conservation Society - Contract Research

Improving the Effectiveness of Inshore Fisheries Management Systems in Fiji

Indicative Funding
$15,845
Summary
As stewards of their natural environment, communities need knowledge of the latest science and to be equipped with a range of management tools to help them make better decisions about their fisheries. This project will synthesise scientific information on the effectiveness of fisheries management strategies that are employed within locally managed marine areas, and develop approaches to facilitate learning of this by community-level decision-makers. Research will improve understanding of the factors that influence local preferences for different fisheries management strategies, which can be used to improve the design of management interventions and associated outreach activities.
Investigators
Rebecca Weeks and Stacy Jupiter (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and Wildlife Conservation Society-Fiji)
Keywords
Fisheries Management; Fiji; Marine Protected Areas; Community-based Management; Periodically Harvested Closures

The Nature Conservancy - US - Contract Research

Protected area network planning for Yap, Federated States of Micronesia

Indicative Funding
$8,520
Summary
The project will provide recommendations to improve the design of the Protected Area Network for Yap (Federated States of Micronesia) based on best-available science. Recommendations will focus on achieving local objectives to improve the status of natural resources that underpin Yapese food security and culture, but will also address targets for biodiversity conservation set by the Micronesia challenge Expected outcomes from the project include a novel contribution to the literature on the application of seascape analysis to conservation planning, and recommendations to inform protected area design and implementation by Yapese communities.
Investigators
Rebecca Weeks (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Marine Protected Areas; Fisheries Management; Conservation Planning; Conservation; Seascape; Micronesia
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Current
  • Maximising Potential Impact of Marine Protected Area Placement: An Integrated Socioeconomic Perspective. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Systematic conservation planning in marine environments ? sensitivities of the planning framework to multiple aspects of scale and resolution. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Making an Impact in Marine Conservation: Shifting the Focus Towards Threat Mitigation and Avoiding Residual Conservation (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Roles of Culture, Governance and Ecology in Natural Resource Management: Interpreting Standards in Marine Protected Area Design and Management in Order to Enhance Applicaiton in Unique Local Contexts (PhD , Primary Advisor)
Completed
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