Within the SPACES project Matilda focus specifically on seafood trade dynamics and is also leading the SPACES participatory workshops with secondary stakeholders exploring possible future developments in the coastal region of Kenya and Mozambique of ecosystems, ecosystem services and poverty. Matilda is also part of the Seafood Trade, Ecosystems and People (STEP) project investigating fisher-middlemen bonds and market dynamics in Tanzania and the Philippines.
Research news | 2016-01-18
Participatory scenario planning allows people to tackle complex environmental problems, but improvement needed
Research news | 2015-04-20
Global seafood trade leave consumers unaware of over-exploited marine ecosystems
Research news | 2012-04-27
New research looks at how to unlock feedbacks that keep marine ecosystems in undesired states
Research news | 2011-12-16
Difficult trade-off between parrotfish trade and protecting crucial ecological functions
2017 - Journal / article
Among the most enduring ecological challenges is an integrated theory explaining the latitudinal biodiversity gradient, including discrepancies observed at different spatial scales. Analysis of Reef Life Survey data for 4127 marine species at 2406 coral and rocky sites worldwide confirms that the total ecoregion richness peaks in low latitudes, near +15°N and −15°S. However, although richness at survey sites is maximal near th...
2015 - Journal / article
Nearly 40% of seafood is traded internationally and an even bigger proportion is affected by international trade, yet scholarship on marine fisheries has focused on global trends in stocks and catches, or on dynamics of individual fisheries, with limited attention to the link between individual fisheries, global trade and distant consumers. This paper examines the usefulness of fish price as a feedback signal to consumers a...
2015 - Journal / article
Participatory scenario planning (PSP) is an increasingly popular tool in place-based environmental research for evaluating alternative futures of social-ecological systems. Although a range of guidelines on PSP methods are available in the scientific and grey literature, there is a need to reflect on existing practices and their appropriate application for different objectives and contexts at the local scale, as well as on the...
2014 - Journal / article
How to create and adjust governing institutions so that they align (fit) with complex ecosystem processes and structures across scales is an issue of increasing concern in conservation. It is argued that lack of such social-ecological fit makes governance and conservation difficult, yet progress in explicitly defining and rigorously testing what constitutes a good fit has been limited. We used a novel modeling approach and d...