Reniel B. Cabral, Ph.D. 

Postdoctoral Researcher
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management & Marine Science Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA

Past: National Institute of Physics & Marine Science Institute
University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines

h-index: 13

I am interested in the social and ecological dynamics of fishing communities, coastal resource management, marine spatial planning, ecosystem services, and complexity science, among other topics. I use methods from quantitative ecology, complexity science, spatial data analysis, conservation science, social-ecological systems science, fisheries science, and marine science – coupling field data and computation to come up with innovative solutions to the world’s fisheries and conservation problems.

Field of Research: Global Fisheries, Fisheries Economics, Coastal Governance, Indonesian and Philippine Fisheries, Theoretical Applied Ecology, 
Marine Ecology, Conservation Biology, Ecosystem Services, Ecological Modeling, Agent-Based Modeling

Current Research Interest
  • Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing
  • Global Fisheries
  • Global Network of Marine Protected Areas
  • Ecosystem Services Trade-off Analysis
  • Networking Marine Protected Areas
  • Fishing Behavior
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Indonesian Fisheries
Work experience: 
Worked on various projects as consultant or researcher for over 7 years. Partner agencies include Asian Development Bank, Rare-Philippines, Conservation International-Philippines, and World Fish Center.

South China Morning Post. From Kyoto to Kansas City, it’s Indonesian tuna on the world’s sushi counters. 19 March 2019: https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/economics/article/3002223/kyoto-kansas-city-its-indonesian-tuna-worlds-sushi-counters
chinadialogue. Tough policing is restoring Indonesia's fisheries. 12 Feb 2019https://chinadialogueocean.net/6412-tough-policing-is-restoring-indonesia-fisheries/
INSIDESCIENCE. Mapping fishing vessel traffic. 23 July 2018: https://www.insidescience.org/news/mapping-fishing-vessel-traffic


Blog post to accompany this paper

Media coverage
Scientific American: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/blowing-up-illegal-fishing-boats-helps-indonesian-fishers/
Sustainable Fisheries: http://sustainablefisheries-uw.org/seafood-101/iuu-fishing/

Reviewer, Nature Communications
Reviewer, Ecological Modelling 
Reviewer, Biological Conservation
Reviewer, Fisheries Research
Reviewer, Society & Natural Resources
Reviewer, Journal of Environmental Management
Reviewer, Scientia Marina
Reviewer, Ecological Economics
Reviewer, Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Reviewer, PLoS ONE
Reviewer, Deep-Sea Research
Reviewer, Marine Policy
Reviewer, The Philippine Journal of Fisheries
Reviewer, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
Reviewer, Rethinking Ecology
Reviewer, Frontiers in Marine Science

Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (2014)
Master of Science in Physics (2011)
Bachelor of Science in Physics (2009)
National Institute of Physics
University of the Philippines Diliman

Awards and Scholarships:
Gawad Chanselor Natatanging Mag-aaral [Chancellor's Award - Outstanding Student]
Elvira O. Tan Award for best paper, natural resources and environment category (2018)
Most Outstanding PhD Physics Graduate
Most Outstanding PhD Graduate, College of Science
Edgardo Gomez Award for Best Dissertation Research
Most Outstanding MS Physics Graduate
Most Outstanding MS Graduate, College of Science 
Cum Laude
Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development Scholarship
Department of Science and Technology Scholarship
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