Rima Jabado is the Deputy Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and Chair of the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group. As a scientist and conservationist, she has spent over 20 years developing and working on conservation initiatives globally. She has extensive experience as a field researcher, director for non-profit organizations, government official, and project manager. Her work centers around bridging the gap between science and policy to ensure issues such as bycatch, threatened species conservation, and illegal trade are tackled. Her primary focus has been investigating shark and ray fisheries and trade and combines field work with outreach and advocacy to mobilize and provide policy solutions at the government and community levels. She has led or supervised projects in over 15 countries and her research has been instrumental in influencing decision makers to implement meaningful measures for the protection of species across a range of fisheries.

She is a member of the IUCN Marine Conservation Committee, serves as the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Appointed Scientific Councilor for Fish, and sits on the Advisory Committee for the CMS Sharks Memorandum of Understanding as the representative of the Asia region. She has also founded the Elasmo Project, a non-profit initiative that encourages and supports work in data-poor areas focused on investigating shark and ray fisheries and trade. She has authored/co-authored over 100 scientific, technical, and popular publications as well as lectured at schools and universities. Rima has received various grants and awards in support and recognition of her work on sharks and rays as well as a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. 

  • Fisheries Illegal Wildlife Trade Biodiversity Conservation Area-based Management
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Journal Articles
  • Pytka J, Kyne P, Carlson J, Wosnick N and Jabado R (2024) A tangled web: global review of fishing interactions with rhino rays. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 34. pp. 131-160
  • Devloo-Delva F, Burridge C, Kyne P, Brunnschweiler J, Chapman D, Charvet P, Chen X, Cliff G, Daly R, Drymon J, Espinoza M, Fernando D, Barcia L, Glaus K, González-Garza B, Grant M, Gunasekera R, Hernandez S, Hyodo S, Jabado R, Jaquemet S, Johnson G, Ketchum J, Magalon H, Marthick J, Mollen F, Mona S, Naylor G, Nevill J, Phillips N, Pillans R, Postaire B, Smoothey A, Tachihara K, Tillet B, Valerio-Vargas J and Feutry P (2023) From rivers to ocean basins: The role of ocean barriers and philopatry in the genetic structuring of a cosmopolitan coastal predator. Ecology and Evolution, 13 (2).
  • Postaire B, Devloo-Delva F, Brunnschweiler J, Charvet P, Chen X, Cliff G, Daly R, Drymon J, Espinoza M, Fernando D, Glaus K, Grant M, Hernández S, Hyodo S, Jabado R, Jaquemet S, Johnson G, Naylor G, Nevill J, Pathirana B, Pillans R, Smoothey A, Tachihara K, Tillet B, Valerio-Vargas J, Lesturgie P, Magalon H, Feutry P and Mona S (in press) Global genetic diversity and historical demography of the Bull Shark. Journal of Biogegoraphy,
  • Sherman C, Simpfendorfer C, Pacoureau N, Matsushiba J, Yan H, Walls R, Rigby C, VanderWright W, Jabado R, Pollom R, Carlson J, Charvet P, Bin Ali A, Fahmi , Cheok J, Derrick D, Herman K, Finucci B, Eddy T, Palomares M, Avalos-Castillo C, Kinattumkara B, Blanco-Parra M, Dharmadi , Espinoza M, Fernando D, Haque A, Mejía-Falla P, Navia A, Pérez-Jiménez J, Utzurrum J, Yuneni R and Dulvy N (2023) Half a century of rising extinction risk of coral reef sharks and rays. Nature Communications, 14.
  • Simpfendorfer C, Heithaus M, Heupel M, MacNeil M, Meekan M, Harvey E, Sherman C, Currey-Randall L, Goetze J, Kiszka J, Rees M, Speed C, Udyawer V, Bond M, Flowers K, Clementi G, Valentin-Albanese J, Adam M, Ali K, Asher J, Aylagas E, Beaufort O, Benjamin C, Bernard A, Berumen M, Bierwagen S, Birrell C, Bonnema E, Bown R, Brooks E, Brown J, Buddo D, Burke P, Cáceres C, Cambra M, Cardeñosa D, Carrier J, Casareto S, Caselle J, Charloo V, Cinner J, Claverie T, Clua E, Cochran J, Cook N, Cramp J, D’Alberto B, de Graaf M, Dornhege M, Espinoza M, Estep A, Fanovich L, Farabaugh N, Fernando D, Ferreira C, Fields C, Flam A, Floros C, Fourqurean V, Gajdzik L, Barcia L, Garla R, Gastrich K, George L, Giarrizzo T, Graham R, Guttridge T, Hagan V, Hardenstine R, Heck S, Henderson A, Heithaus P, Hertler H, Padilla M, Hueter R, Jabado R, Joyeux J, Jaiteh V, Johnson M, Jupiter S, Kaimuddin M, Kasana D, Kelley M, Kessel S, Kiilu B, Kirata T, Kuguru B, Kyne F, Langlois T, Lara F, Lawe J, Lédée E, Lindfield S, Luna-Acosta A, Maggs J, Manjaji-Matsumoto B, Marshall A, Martin L, Mateos-Molina D, Matich P, McCombs E, McIvor A, Mclean D, Meggs L, Moore S, Mukherji S, Murray R, Newman S, Nogués J, Obota C, Ochavillo D, O'shea O, Osuka K, Papastamatiou Y, Perera N, Peterson B, Pimentel C, Pina-Amargós F, Pinheiro H, Ponzo A, Prasetyo A, Quamar L, Quinlan J, Reis-Filho J, Ruiz H, Ruiz-Abierno A, Sala E, Salinas-de-León P, Samoilys M, Sample W, Schärer-Umpierre M, Schlaff A, Schmid K, Schoen S, Simpson N, Smith A, Spaet J, Sparks L, Stoffers T, Tanna A, Torres R, Travers M, van Zinnicq Bergmann M, Vigliola L, Ward J, Warren J, Watts A, Wen C, Whitman E, Wirsing A, Wothke A, Zarza-González E and Chapman D (2023) Widespread diversity deficits of coral reef sharks and rays. Science, 380 (6650). pp. 1155-1160
  • Ingram D, Prideaux M, Hodgins N, Frisch-Nwakanma H, Avila I, Collins T, Cosentino M, Keith-Diagne L, Marsh H, Shirley M, Van Waerebeek K, Djondo M, Fukuda Y, Glaus K, Jabado R, Lang J, Lüber S, Manolis C, Webb G and Porter L (2022) Widespread Use of Migratory Megafauna for Aquatic Wild Meat in the Tropics and Subtropics. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9.
  • Tyabji Z, Jabado R and Sutaria D (2022) Utilization and trade of sharks and rays in the Andaman Islands, India. Marine Policy, 146.
  • Dulvy N, Pacoureau N, Rigby C, Pollom R, Jabado R, Ebert D, Finucci B, Pollock C, Cheok J, Derrick D, Herman K, Sherman C, VanderWright W, Lawson J, Walls R, Carlson J, Charvet P, Bineesh K, Fernando D, Ralph G, Matsushiba J, Hilton-Taylor C, Fordham S and Simpfendorfer C (2021) Overfishing drives over one-third of all sharks and rays toward a global extinction crisis. Current Biology, 31 (21). pp. 4773-4787

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