How to harness the full potential of scuba diving to conserve coral reefs by contributing to sustainable integrated coastal management.
Dr Judi Lowe is a social scientist who researched human impacts on the conservation of coral reefs and IUCN Red List endangered species with Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia. The title of her PhD is “Dive tourism and its impact on sustainable integrated coastal management and livelihoods for artisanal fishers”. Before commencing her research, Judi practiced as an international lawyer specialising in fisheries law enforcement and climate change with the Australian Government. Judi is a Certified Practicing Accountant, a PADI scuba instructor and a commercial ship’s coxswain.
Judi’s research was awarded Best PhD Student Presentation from around 500 postgraduate presentations at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) in Hawaii, 2016. The quality of Judi’s research is recognised at the highest levels of coral reef science. Held every four years, ICRS is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. Around 2,500 coral reef scientist, policy makers and managers from 70 nations gather to present the latest findings, case histories and management activities and to discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability.