Reniel B. Cabral, Ph.D. 

Assistant Researcher (Research Faculty)
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management & Marine Science Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
Member of the expert group supporting world leaders on the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy: https://www.oceanpanel.org/expert-group
Co-lead of a blue paper quantifying the impacts of climate change on the ocean economy: https://www.oceanpanel.org/expected-impacts-climate-change-ocean-economy

I am interested in fisheries, marine ecology, conservation biology, coastal resource management, marine spatial planning, and complexity science, among other topics. I use methods from quantitative ecology, complexity science, data science, and economics – coupling field data and computation to come up with innovative solutions to the world’s fisheries and conservation problems.

Field of Research: Quantitative Ecology, Fisheries, Conservation Biology, Coastal Governance, Environmental Data Science

Current Research Interest
  • Designing a Global Network of Marine Protected Areas
  • Ocean Conservation Priorities
  • Solving Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing
  • Indonesian Fisheries Reform

National Geographic Society. New Atlantic marine sanctuary will be one of the world's largest. 12 November 2020: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2020/11/tristan-da-cunha-atlantic-marine-protection-zone/

Mongabay. Indonesia’s new intelligence hub wields data in the war on illegal fishing. 29 September 2020: https://news.mongabay.com/2020/09/indonesias-new-intelligence-hub-wields-data-in-the-war-on-illegal-fishing/

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



Cover page, PNAS

R.B. Cabral, D. Bradley, J. Mayorga, W. Goodell, A.M. Friedlander, E. Sala, C. Costello, S.D. Gaines. A global network of marine protected areas for food. PNAS 117 (45): 28134-28139. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2000174117

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I reviewed for the following journals (23):
Nature Communications
Nature Sustainability
Ecology Letters
Methods in Ecology and Evolution 
Ecological Applications
Conservation Letters
Ecological Modelling
Biological Conservation
Fisheries Research
Society & Natural Resources
Journal of Environmental Management
Scientia Marina
Ecological Economics
Deep-Sea Research
Marine Policy
The Philippine Journal of Fisheries (I serve as an Editorial Board for this journal)
Asian Fisheries Science
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
Rethinking Ecology
Frontiers in Marine Science
Environmental and Resources Economics
Marine Economics and Management
Ecology and Society
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