Julian Walcott

Julian Walcott
Centre for Resource Manangement and Environmental Studies (UWI) · Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (BIOPAMA Programme)



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Current research interests include biodiversity conservation and management, in particular through protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) via the use of ecological, geospatial, socio-economic and governance and management tools.
Additional affiliations
November 2012 - present
East Coast Conservation Organisation (ECCO) Inc.
  • Managing Director
October 2012 - present
Fisheries Division
  • Data Collector
September 2012 - June 2014
University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados
  • Part-time lecturer
  • Lectured components of Ecology courses offered 1st through 3rd year, including Diversity of Life I, Community Ecology and Fisheries Biology.


Publications (12)
Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) nesting in Barbados were outfitted with time-depth recorders (TDRs) with temperature sensors to investigate the form and patterns of diving behaviour during the internesting interval (INI; average 14.7 days). All females, regardless of size, surfaced infrequently during dives of average 56 min duration...
Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) nesting in Barbados (Needham’s Point, 13° 04′ 41.33′′ N, 59° 36′ 32.69′′W) were outfitted with GPS dataloggers over three breeding seasons (2008–2010) to track movement during inter-nesting intervals. Most females established spatially restricted resident areas up current and within 7 km of the nesting...
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Overlap of small-scale fisheries with sea turtle high-use areas is of growing concern, but the extent to which these endangered species interact with fishing gear is rarely known. Structured face-to-face interviews with 22 longline vessel captains were used to make a rapid assessment of sea turtle bycatch by the artisanal longline fleet of Barbados...
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Background: Native to the Indo-Pacific region, the lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles) has been classified as an alien invasive species which has rapidly invaded the North-western Atlantic and the Caribbean. The primary concerns regarding lionfish pertain to their broad diet, general habitat use and their potential threat on fisheries resourc...
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One of the most globally utilized tools for the conservation of coastal and ocean biodiversity and preservation of crucial ecosystem services is the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs). Many sites in the Caribbean have made progress in addressing the paucity of data needed to achieve the goals and objectives of MPAs thanks to the investm...
To aid in the designation of a marine protected area for hawksbill sea turtles, Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766), nesting at one of the largest rookeries in the Wider Caribbean Region (Needham's Point, Barbados), we elucidated key inter-nesting behaviors (i.e., the approximately 2-wk period of time spent at sea between nesting events) from p...
The types of marine benthic habitats utilised by hawksbill sea turtles Eretmochelys imbricata nesting at Needham’s Point, Barbados, were investigated using an underwater drop camera. Habitats used preferentially (i.e. those within high-use areas) tended to be high relief and densely covered with biota, characterised by high abundance of hard corals...
Conference Paper
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The local fishing industry is nutritionally, economically and socially important to Barbados, but recent developments are poorly documented and managers lack up-to-date information. The longline fleet, for example, has grown rapidly since the introduction of the first local vessel in 1990, and has undergone a number of shifts in target species, gea...


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Projects (2)
To facilitate and promote viable decisions and policies by decision makers and resource managers, for the effective and sustainable management of protected areas and biodiversity by: facilitating the sharing of protected area-related data/information (see http://caribbean-rris.biopama.org/) providing a data/information repository (see http://geonode-rris.biopama.org/) providing a forum for networks/groups to communicate (see https://www.yammer.com/biopama/) acting as a decision support system.