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)
  • MB3014: Managing Tropical Fisheries (Level 3; TSV)
  • MB3150: Fisheries Science (Level 3; TSV)
  • MB5003: Fisheries Science (Level 5; TSV)
  • MB5014: Managing Tropical Fisheries (Level 5; TSV)
  • MB5610: Fishing Gear and Technologies (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)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives

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Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia - Australia-France Social Science Collaborative Research Program

Developing Partnerships Towards Quantifying the Impacts of Climate Change on the Ocean Ecosystem Economy of the Pacific

Indicative Funding
$5,000 over 2 years
This project will support the initial work of developing relationships with Pacific Island stakeholders and identifying opportunities for co-designing research based on climate changerelated priorities and needs of the Pacific Island Nations. In addition, this project aims to identify existing climate-related programs and initiatives in the Pacific that our team can build upon when designing our long-term research programs. The funding will be used for travel-related costs.
Reniel Cabral (College of Science & Engineering)
Climate Change; Pacific; Adaptation; Partnership

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research - Fisheries Program - Small Research Activity

Incorporating fisheries, food security, livelihoods, and tourism in Marine Protected Area designs in Indonesia ? Part 1: Scoping

Indicative Funding
$36,417 over 1 year
This scoping project funds the initial work of strengthening the relationships with Indonesian researchers and governments, with the long-term goal of generating the science and tools for designing and implementing marine protected areas that support Blue Economy (i.e., fisheries, food security, livelihoods, and tourism) in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Reniel Cabral (College of Science & Engineering)
Marine Protected Areas; Indonesia; Partnership Building; Food Security; Blue Economy; Livelihoods

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • The biology, ecology, and management of corals targeted for commercial harvest by Australian coral fisheries (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Assessing the potential for recreational fishing to contribute to conservation of coastal marine species and habitats (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Sustainability of coral reef fishery in Indonesia (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Integrating Citizen science into long term monitoring of fisheries, what value does it serve in capturing trends through time (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Optimising marine protected areas for nature and people (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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