The dynamics of marine human-wildlife conflict

  • Thu 24 Mar 22

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    Dr Katrina Davis

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Life Sciences, School of

  • Contact details

    Dr Anna Sturrock

Please note that this seminar has been moved to an online only event. Please use the Zoom link to attend.

As apex predators, marine mammals like sea lions and seals (e.g., pinnipeds) play important regulatory roles in marine systems.

However, for much of human history, marine mammals have been exploited for meat, their pelts, or to stop them ‘stealing’ from fisheries or damaging fishing gear. This exploitation pushed many marine mammal populations to the edge of extinction during the 18th and 19th centuries.

In the 20th century, the widespread introduction of protective legislation has allowed many marine mammal populations to recover. Unfortunately, this recovery has once again fired up conflict between these animals and fisheries. Conflict imposes large negative impacts on fisheries, but also on the recovery prospects of these animal populations.

In this presentation, Dr Katrina Davis will discuss some of her group’s ongoing work to model the dynamics of this conflict and quantify its impacts on both fisheries and marine mammal populations.


Katrina is an Associate Professor in Conservation Biology at the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, and a Tutorial Fellow at Balliol College. Her research identifies optimal use of natural resources to maximise the productivity of ecological and social systems. Her work combines bio-economic and demographic modelling, non-market valuation and optimisation approaches.

Katrina completed her PhD (2016) through the School of Agricultural & Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia. She holds Adjunct Research Fellow positions at the UWA School of Agriculture and the Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia, and Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at the University of Queensland.

How to attend

This seminar is being held on Zoom (meeting ID: 925 4561 0277) only.

If you have any queries about this seminar please email Dr Anna Sturrock (anna.sturrock@essex.ac.uk).

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