Kristina Boerder

Kristina Boerder
Dalhousie University | Dal · Department of Biology

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am a postdoctoral fellow working with Dalhousie University and Global Fishing Watch on how fisheries and conservation issues and measures such as marine protected areas interact and how big data can be used to support and facilitate better and more comprehensive marine spatial planning. Please feel free to message me and request my publications, best and fastest by email!
Additional affiliations
June 2020 - November 2020
Dalhousie University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Derek Tittensor researching building climate resilience into marine conservation measures. Providing scientific support for expansion plans for the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Co-supervision of currently two graduate students.
April 2020 - present
Global Fishing Watch
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Lead scientists for the development of Global Fishing Watch Marine Reserves working on integrating big data for marine science and marine spatial planning and managing and conducting scientific work supporting the tool development and case study partners in various countries around the globe
October 2018 - May 2020
Dalhousie University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Boris Worm and Ocean Frontier Institute working on fisheries dynamics around marine protected areas and integrating climate change into marine conservation
Education
September 2013 - September 2018
Dalhousie University
Field of study
  • Marine Biology/Fisheries
October 2009 - March 2012
Universität Bremen
Field of study
  • Marine Biology
October 2006 - September 2009

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Publications (21)
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Climate change and biodiversity loss are twin crises that are driving global marine conservation efforts. However, if unaccounted for, climate change can undermine the efficacy of such efforts. Despite this, integration of climate change adaptation and resilience into spatial marine conservation and management has been limited in Canada and elsewhe...
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Fisheries bycatch, the incidental mortality of non-target species, is a major threat to seabirds worldwide. Mitigating bycatch is an important factor to reduce seabird population declines and consequent changes in ocean trophic dynamics and ecosystem functioning. However, it remains an open question how and where mitigating bycatch at a global scal...
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Fisheries bycatch, the incidental mortality of non-target species, is a global threat to seabirds and a major driver of their declines worldwide. Identifying the most vulnerable species is core to developing sustainable fisheries management strategies that aim to improve conservation outcomes. To advance this goal, we present a preliminary vulnerab...
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The global lockdown to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic health risks has altered human interactions with nature. Here, we report immediate impacts of changes in human activities on wildlife and environmental threats during the early lockdown months of 2020, based on 877 qualitative reports and 332 quantitative assessments from 89 different studies. Hundr...
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• Sperm whales have occupied the waters off the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, for at least the past 200 years. During the 19th century, they were the target of intensive whaling that severely depleted the population. In recent times, after commercial whaling ended, sperm whales in the region remain vulnerable to multiple threats, especially potential...
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The impacts of climate change and the socioecological challenges they present are ubiquitous and increasingly severe. Practical efforts to operationalize climate-responsive design and management in the global network of marine protected areas (MPAs) are required to ensure long-term effectiveness for safeguarding marine biodiversity and ecosystem se...
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Spatial protection measures have become ubiquitous in fisheries management and marine conservation. Implemented for diverse objectives from stock rebuilding to biodiversity protection and ecosystem management, spatial measures range from temporary fisheries closures to marine protected areas with varying levels of protection. Ecological and economi...
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Marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly used as a primary tool to conserve biodiversity. This is particularly relevant in heavily exploited fisheries hot spots such as Europe, where MPAs now cover 29% of territorial waters, with unknown effects on fishing pressure and conservation outcomes. We investigated industrial trawl fishing and sensit...
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Amoroso et al. demonstrate the power of our data by estimating the high-resolution trawling footprint on seafloor habitat. Yet we argue that a coarser grid is required to understand full ecosystem impacts. Vessel tracking data allow us to estimate the footprint of human activities across a variety of scales, and the proper scale depends on the spec...
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International interest in the protection and sustainable use of high seas biodiversity has grown in recent years. There is an opportunity for new technologies to enable improvements in management of these areas beyond national jurisdiction. We explore the spatial ecology and drivers of the global distribution of the high seas long-line fishing flee...
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A major challenge in global fisheries is posed by transshipment of catch at sea from fishing vessels to refrigerated cargo vessels, which can obscure the origin of the catch and mask illicit practices. Transshipment remains poorly quantified at a global scale, as much of it is thought to occur outside of national waters. We used Automatic Identific...
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Between 1950 and 1989, marine fisheries catch in the open-ocean and deep-sea beyond 200 nautical miles from shore increased by a factor of more than 10. While high seas catches have since plateaued, fishing effort continues to increase linearly. The combination of increasing effort and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has led to ov...
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Although fishing is one of the most widespread activities by which humans harvest natural resources, its global footprint is poorly understood and has never been directly quantified. We processed 22 billion automatic identification system messages and tracked >70,000 industrial fishing vessels from 2012 to 2016, creating a global dynamic footprint...
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The largest protected areas of any kind have all recently been established in the ocean. Since 2012, 5 protected areas that exceed 1 million km² in size have been created, mostly in remote oceanic areas. The potential conservation and fisheries benefits of such reserves have been debated in the public, the media, and the scientific literature. Litt...
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There is an error in the caption of Table 2. Specifically, the descriptions of the results for Sensitivity and Specificity are switched (sensitivity linked to non-fishing detection instead of fishing detection and vice versa for specificity). Please see the corrected Table 2 and caption here. (table presented). © 2016 de Souza et al. This is an ope...
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A key challenge in contemporary ecology and conservation is the accurate tracking of the spatial distribution of various human impacts, such as fishing. While coastal fisheries in national waters are closely monitored in some countries, existing maps of fishing effort elsewhere are fraught with uncertainty, especially in remote areas and the High S...
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The ocean remains the least observed part of our planet. This deficiency was made obvious by two recent developments in ocean governance: the emerging global movement to create massive marine protected areas (MPAs) ( 1 ) and a new commitment by the United Nations (UN) to develop a legally binding treaty to better manage high-seas biodiversity ( 2 )...

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Questions (2)
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I am working with several continous, environmental marine datasets at varying original spatial resolutions. My aim is to regrid each dataset to one common, high resolution grid. I am currently testing different methods of interpolation for the regridding and am looking for the best ways to compare the outputs to assess which method works best for which type of data, ideally in R.
I'd appreciate any advice on how best to do this and any references to literature connected to this type of work. Many thanks.
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I am looking for information on the influence of available nitrogen levels on N-metabolism of marine bacteria, e.g. if higher nitrogen levels do enhance expression of genes involved in N-metabolism or N-use efficiency.

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Projects (3)
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Using AIS data to quantify spatial patterns of global transshipment of catch at sea and link to monitoring and regulation requirements as well as supply chain traceability
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Analysing fishing effort around 21 large marine protected areas and correlations to key characteristics of these areas