Postdoctoral researcher



Staff profile

Amanda Ford’s postdoctoral research focuses on using network thinking to integrate genetics data into multi-species spatial management planning

Profile summary

  • Ecological monitoring
  • Coastal management
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Anthropogenic impacts
  • Climate change
  • Field work
  • Scientific diving

Ford's work at SRC is a part of a European Union BiodivERsA funded project named ‘reservebenefit’, which intends to ‘evaluate and manage connectivity in a network of marine protected areas to maintain genetic diversity and deliver fish beyond protected limits’. This project focuses on four target species in Mediterranean fisheries along the French and Spanish coastlines; an area which is notably overexploited. Maximising the genetic diversity and connectivity across the region through appropriate management will reinforce resilience of stocks and improve the sustainability of fisheries into the future. Though spatial management plans have been known to integrate larval dispersal pathways from oceanographic models, this project uses modern genetic tools to greatly improve the accuracy of connectivity data. Network thinking then provides another modern tool from which to identify priority areas for management.

Her PhD focused on tropical coral reef ecosystems and understanding how local human impacts influence system health and resilience to climate change. This research was part of an interdisciplinary project in the Pacific Island region entitled ‘Resilience of Pacific Island coral reef social-ecological systems in times of global change’.

Awards and achievements:

  • Best student presentation – Reef Conservation UK 2016
Ford, Amanda
Ford, Amanda

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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