I combine ecological and economic theories and methods, big data analytics, and computation to find solutions to fisheries and conservation problems.

  • BS5260: Modelling Ecological Dynamics (Level 5; TSV)
  • MB5610: Fishing Gear and Technologies (Level 5; TSV)
  • MB5620: Grand Challenges in Fisheries (Level 5; TSV)
  • I am particularly interested in problems where science and scientific innovations can help overcome bottlenecks to effectively address fisheries and conservation challenges. I am interested in the following topics and methods:
  • Solutions to overfishing and biodiversity loss in the ocean
  • Food and livelihood security of coastal fishing communities
  • Designing network of marine protected areas
  • Impacts of climate change on ocean ecosystem economy (wild fisheries, mariculture, coastal tourism etc.)
  • Use of big data and satellite technologies (e.g. vessel tracking) to inform fisheries management
  • Use of bioeconomic and agent-based modeling to design policies in fisheries
  • Global food systems
  • Solving illegal fishing
  • 2021 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2019 to 2021 - Research Faculty (Assistant Researcher), University of California, Santa Barbara (USA)
  • 2014 to 2019 - Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Santa Barbara (USA)
  • 2004 to 2014 - BS, MS, and PhD Physics, University of the Philippines, Diliman (Philippines)
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Journal Articles
  • Hinson A, Kaschner K, Kesner-Reyes K, Leprieur F, McGowan J, Morgan L, Mouillot D, Halpern B, Rechberger K, Possingham H, Lubchenco J, Palacios-Abrantes J, Auber A, Goodell W, Sala E, Mayorga J, Bradley D, Worm B, Atwood T, Cheung W, Costello C, Ferretti F, Friedlander A, Gaines S, Garilao C and Cabral R (2021) Protecting the global ocean for biodiversity, food and climate. Nature, 592. pp. 397-402
  • Cabral R, Mayorga J, Clemence M, Lynham J, Koeshendrajana S, Muawanah U, Nugroho D, Anna Z, Mira , Ghofar A, Zulbainarni N, Gaines S and Costello C (2018) Rapid and lasting gains from solving illegal fishing. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2. pp. 650-658

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