Project Leader, Nicole Crane, is January’s special speaker at the UC Santa Cruz Science on Tap series.
Nicole Crane will discuss her team’s unique approach to supporting ocean management in one of the most bio-diverse coral reef systems in the world-–the outer islands of Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia. They are working closely with outer islanders to better understand traditional management and fishing, and using that knowledge to inform ecological data collection efforts. What is learned from the reefs is integrated with what is learned from the people to better understand the problems, and help frame solutions. Ultimately the management planning is up to the people of the outer islands – the science team helps inform them, and can assess the management impacts. Nicole will discuss the culture and traditions of the Outer Islanders, and present the results of the research they have been conducting there. This unique Project has sparked a movement across the outer islands for people to take action for cultural and ecological stability. Visit their website at onepeopleonereef.ucsc.edu