To bridge the gap between scientific data, policy, and public understanding of marine protected areas, I actively seek communication opportunities among scientists, policy makers, managers, and non-scientists.


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                     Kirsten Grorud-Colvert

                        Department of Integrative Biology

                        Oregon State University

                        3029 Cordley Hall

                        Corvallis, OR 97331

Photo credit: E. Colvert

One example...

The Science of Marine Reserves Project

I am also Director of the Science of Marine Reserves Project, which has produced a suite of educational tools communicating the science of fully protected, no-take marine reserves to non-scientists. This project was founded on requests from multiple stakeholders in marine management discussions who wanted to know more about “what the science said” about marine reserves. Since it’s inception in 2001, our team of marine ecologists, graphic designers, web developers, and communication specialists have worked with marine reserve scientists around the globe. We share the peer-reviewed data about marine reserves with non-scientists via educational booklets, interactive online tools, and communication workshops.

Educational booklets

The Science of Marine Reserves booklets provide the latest scientific information about reserves in an understandable and accessible format using case studies and user-friendly graphics. They are designed to be used by natural resource managers, government officials, scientists, and the interested public. The booklets are now available in a U.S. version (English & Spanish), International version (English), Latin American and Caribbean version (English & Spanish), a European version (English), and a Mediterranean version (English & French--coming soon). You can download PDF copies of the booklets, request hard copies, or download the graphics for educational use here.

Web tools

Working in collaboration with the Google Earth Ocean Team and IUCN-Marine, our team has created animations of scientific data from marine reserves around the world. You can read more about the Google Earth tour and download the KML file here. Also look for the tour in the Google Earth Ocean Gallery.

For more information, please visit the Science of Marine Reserves Project Pages.