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Sara Cannon

Name: Sara Cannon              Degree: M.Sc. candidate

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I’m a M.Sc. candidate in the Geography department, under Simon Donner’s supervision. Before moving to Vancouver, I lived in Santa Cruz, California, where I obtained a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. My research interests involve attempting to understand the complex relationships between human use of marine resources and the health of coral reefs.

I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay in rural southern Maryland, and water has always been an important part of my life. My parents were avid scuba divers and I was exposed to the underwater world at a very young age. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a marine scientist.

As an undergraduate student, I worked extensively in the Ulithi Atoll, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia as a part of a group of community members and researchers combining science and tradition to find innovative ways to manage marine resources. I have worked with communities in Ulithi since 2012.

I also worked in the Coastal Conservation Action Lab at UC Santa Cruz, where I researched anthropogenic threats on islands around the world (particularly invasive species). While there, I contributed to the Threatened Island Biodiversity Database, which helps prioritize the global distribution of mitigation dollars for the conservation of vulnerable seabird species. Finally, I worked closely with a researcher from California Sea Grant’s Extension Program to explore the human aspects of the California halibut fisheries. This information will be used to create a comprehensive fishery management plan.

I’ve learned a lot about marine science, social science, and conservation through all of these experiences. My primary interests involve integrating biology and social science to understand the relationships between marine resource use and coral reef health. In this way, I hope my work will give communities the tools they need to make empowered decisions about resource management themselves. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the TerreWEB program!

Thesis Topic: Attempting to understand the complex relationships between human use of marine resources and the health of coral reefs

Supervisor: Dr. Simon Donner

Publications:

Website current TerreWEB Communication Project 

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