With a professional background in marine systems ecology, I have been specializing on an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAF) since the late 1980s. My research emphasis has been on exploited marine systems experiencing pronounced environmental signals, and in developing societies. My research interests include the development of ecosystem indicators for fisheries management, systems modelling, modelling with stakeholders and developing inter- and transdisciplinary research methodology. I have senior experience in developing scientific advice for management of human activities in the ocean.
Holding the South African Research Chair in Marine Ecology and Fisheries, my current research focuses on developing methodology for structured decision making with regards to human activities in marine social-ecological systems under global change, notably in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem. Our “Southern Cape Interdisciplinary Fisheries Research” Project is the focus of learning how the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities, can collaborate with each other, and with fishers and their communities on their way to improved sustainability.