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. 

  • MB5310: Marine Reserves as Fisheries Management Tools (Level 5; TSV)
  • 2010 to 2012 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wildlife Conservation Society (Fiji)
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The Nature Conservancy - US - Contract Research

Protected area network planning for Yap, Federated States of Micronesia

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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.
Rebecca Weeks (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Marine Protected Areas; Fisheries Management; Conservation Planning; Conservation; Seascape; Micronesia

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  • 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)
  • Maximizing Potential Impact of Marine Protected Area (MPA) placement: An integrated Socio-economic Perspective (Masters, Secondary Advisor)

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