Seychelles Seagrass Mapping and Carbon Project

Meet the team who will be working on the fieldwork and blue carbon numbers for Seychelles’ Seagrass Meadows.

 

Name: Dr. Gwilym Rowlands

Project role: Principal Investigator / Earth Observation Scientist

Dr. Rowlands research examines how earth observation data, such as satellite imagery, can be best harnessed to the needs of ecology, conservation, and management. This work includes image and spatial analysis, field monitoring and survey, as well as mathematical modelling to quantify and conserve marine habitats, estimate marine carbon stocks (Blue Carbon), as well as fisheries applications. His work spans tropical and temperate regions of the world, in coastal and oceanic settings and draws on satellite, airborne and vessel-borne sensors.

 

 

Name: Dr Stacy Baez

Title: Senior Officer

Dr. Baez manages the research portfolio for Pew’s Protecting Coastal Wetlands and Coral Reefs Project. She supports countries in developing the scientific framework needed to ensure strong protections for coastal wetlands and coral reefs within nationally determined contributions.

 

 

Name: Dr Jeanne A. Mortimer
Project Role: National Focal Point for the Seychelles Seagrass Mapping and Carbon Project

Dr. Mortimer is an international conservation biologist consultant focusing on sea turtles and tropical coastal and marine ecosystems. She has lived and worked in the outer islands for extended periods totalling several years which enabled her to visit virtually every island in the archipelago. Her primary interests are ecosystem conservation in Seychelles and the wider Western Indian Ocean, and the biology of sea turtles, giant tortoises, and seagrass habitats.

 

 

 

Name: Pierre-André Adam
Title: Head of Science and Projects
Project Role: Island Conservation Seychelles’ Focal Point

Pierre-André is responsible for administrating the development and implementation of conservation projects and programmes for Island Conservation Seychelles. He has a particular interest in the ecology of coral reefs and associated ecosystems, biogeography, and life history strategies of corals, coral diseases, bleaching and resilience in corals,

 

Name: Dr. Jerome Harlay
Title: Senior Lecturer at the University of Seychelles in the BSc. Environment and the MSc. Marine Science and Sustainability.
Project role: Data Scientist and Marine Operations for BERI

Professor Harlay’s research explores the biological, physical and geological processes and reactions that connect the biotic and abiotic world. His scientific expertise is pertinent to assess the vulnerability of marine ecosystems to climate change, with a specific focus on ocean acidification (SDG 14.3), and warming, to study nature-based adaptation and mitigation options and to communicate science-based information. Picture credits: James Gifford, IORA Blue Carbon workshop, Perth 2018.

 

How will we accomplish the Seagrass meadows mapping and carbon data?