Coral reefs are the most biologically diverse marine...
Coral reefs are the most biologically diverse marine ecosystems and provide food, jobs, and protection from storms for coastal communities. The foods derived from coral reefs play a critical role in supporting nutritional health in many countries. Under optimal conditions, an intact coral reef can provide an abundant supply of food resources to coastal communities. However, overfishing, pollution, environmental change, and economic globalization are currently transforming reefs and the surrounding communities, placing both the health of the reef and the health of people at risk. This research seeks to understand the interactions between coral reefs and human communities. The project seeks to identify effective reef management practices that lead to levels and types of seafood consumption that promote human nutrition. Undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and local inhabitants will be trained in methods of surveying reef health, human health, and fisheries management practices. Through this convergent research, the investigators will develop generalizable principles that can lead to harmonious management of the health of fisheries and seafood-dependent people.

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Pacific Planetary Health Initiative

The Pacific Planetary Health Initiative (PPHI) is a collaborative, international, and interdisciplinary study of the Micronesian, Melanesian, and Polynesian people of the Pacific Islands. PPHI is a collaboration among the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Santa Cruz, American University, University of Wollongong, the Pacific Community, and national ministries of participating nations. We are broadly interested in how the interactive dynamics of marine ecosystem transformation, socio-demographic and cultural changes, and trade globalization influence the food system, and consequently, shape human nutritional outcomes. Our research approach is embedded in social-ecological theory and uses a planetary health perspective. The project was conceived of by a core team (Christopher Golden, Jessica Gephart, Katherine Seto, Douglas McCauley, and Jacob Eurich) and funded by NSF in August 2018. The project began focusing on Kiribati, and is now expanding to other nations.
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