Jennifer McGowan

PhD student with CEED (Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions)

Jen is a PhD candidate at the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at UQ. Her work focuses on improving methods for applied conservation planning in marine and coastal ecosystems. She has consulted on large-scale marine spatial planning projects for Papua New Guinea, the Coral Triangle, and Malaysia and collaborated on spatial conservation projects with a variety of NGOs including The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and Point Blue Conservation Science. She received her Master of Environmental Planning and Resource Management degree at San Francisco State University where her research focused on bringing systematic conservation planning approaches to US National Marine Sanctuaries. Her PhD research focuses on developing theoretical and predictive models of reef health in the Indo-Pacific, with projects currently based in Tun Mustapha Marine Park, Malaysia. More specifically, she will use these data to quantify and model factors influencing reef health in the region, and examine how these estimates affect conservation priority setting across multiple spatial-scales.