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. 

Experience
  • 2010 to 2012 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wildlife Conservation Society (Fiji)
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The Nature Conservancy - US - Contract Research

Fisheries Management Planning for Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia

Indicative Funding
$8,290
Summary
This research project aims to understand how proactive (focused on protecting areas that will be threatened in future) and reactive (focused on ameliorating immediate threats) approaches to conservation can be operationalised within the context of coral reef fisheries management. This requires developing novel approaches to modelling the potential impact of protecting different locations, under different assumptions about the spatial distribution of present and future fishing effect. The project will provide recommendations to improve the design of Chuuk's Protected Area Network, which will be communicated to local stakeholders through collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and Chuuk Conservation Society.
Investigators
Rebecca Weeks and Edmond Sacre (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Marine Protected Areas; Fisheries Management; Conservation Planning; Conservation; Seascape; Micronesia
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  • Assessing the potential for recreational fishing to contribute to conservation of coastal marine species and habitats (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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