Ayana Johnson wrote -
I recently completed her marine biology PhD at Scripps Institution of Oceanography with a dissertation, entitled “Fish, Fishing, Diving and the Management of Coral Reefs.” My research, conducted on the Caribbean islands of Curaçao and Bonaire, takes a holistic approach to understanding how to sustainably manage coral reefs by incorporating ecology, economics, and sociology. In 2008, I researched trap fishing and found a way to reduce fish trap bycatch by 80% using escape gaps. In 2009, I examined gill net fishing and conducted a socioeconomic survey of Curaçao’s fishermen and professional SCUBA divers. In 2010, I surveyed fishers and divers on Bonaire, for a total of almost 400 face-to-face interviews. My work aims to produce a gear-based approach to sustainable fisheries management that incorporates stakeholder views and can serve as a blueprint for any coral reef location in need of straightforward fisheries management strategies.
Recently, I began developing a campaign to discourage developed word consumption of parrotfish, because they are herbivores critical to maintaining coral-dominated reefs. I am the co-chair of the Artisanal Fisheries Research Network at Scripps, and the recipient of NSF interdisciplinary and graduate research fellowships, a Switzer Foundation Fellowship, an American Association of University Women Fellowship, and most recently a Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship. Beginning in February, the Knauss Fellowship will take me back to D.C. where I will contribute to the development of federal ocean policy at the National Marine Fisheries Service. I have a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University. I am also a jazz singer.
I've been invited to Summit at Sea event taking place on April 8 - April 11. Summit at Sea awards females for their outstanding ideas, work and passion. Please donate any amount to help me attend the event.