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and so can you...

AMBL is a new lab at the University of Queensland and seeking to grow.

Work with amazing colleagues in the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Science and the School of Earth and Environmental Science setting the global conservation planning agenda and directly engaging managers, policy makers and industry.

See the Opportunities page for answers re: how to work with us.



Daniel Dunn

Dr. Dunn is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and leads AMBL. His research focuses on applying ecological and biogeographical theory to develop applied solutions to natural resource management and conservation problems in the ocean across a range of scales.  He co-chairs the Biology and Ecosystems Panel of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), sits on the Scientific Committee of the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI), the Policy Working Group of the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative, and IUCN Specialist Groups.  In these capacities he has engaged and informed the work of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on Migratory Species, and other international fora including the International Seabed Authority and the ongoing negotiations for a new treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

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Guillermo Ortuño Crespo

Mr. Crespo is a Ph.D. candidate in Duke University’s Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab and a Fellow with the UBC-Nippon Foundation Nereus Program. Through his research he seeks to better understand the spatiotemporal patterns of distribution of highly mobile elasmobranch and teleost species in international waters. More specifically, he is interested in commercially exploited pelagic species and the primary bycatch species that are caught in those fisheries.  His research focuses on spatial modelling and management, bridging the knowledge gap between the distribution of migratory species and spatial management in the open-ocean. He is actively engaged in informing international fisheries management, the negotiations over a new treaty for biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

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Affiliated Research Scientist

Dina Nishtar

Ms. Dina Nisthar is research associate with AMBL supporting the work of Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean (MICO) open-access system. She has a masters degree in Biodiversity and Conservation and 6 years work experience on research projects studying animal behaviour, conservation issues and propagating conservation education in the biodiversity hot-spots of India. The realization of the big gap that exists between research outcomes and practical application of information for conservation problem-solving has shifted her focus to explore ways to bridge this gap. She is keen to translate existing research publication information into usable tools for decision makers and stakeholders. She wants to engage in building bridges between the scientific community and the rest of society to disseminate scientific information to derive actionable conservation outcomes.

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