David Gill

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. David Gill joined the faculty of Duke University in 2018. His research centers on coupled human-natural marine systems, focusing predominantly on marine management and tropical coral reef systems. Overall, his research aims to provide evidence-based insights into how marine management and conservation can lead to equitable and sustainable outcomes. This work is both interdisciplinary and collaborative by nature, drawing on key theories and analytical approaches from disciplines such as economics, community ecology, and political science, and it involves working alongside researchers and practitioners to co-develop salient research questions, approaches, and dissemination pathways. His recent work includes global and regional assessments of the social and ecological impacts of marine conservation, valuation of economic dependence on coral reefs, and the development of cost-effective approaches for monitoring socio-environmental systems in capacity-limited regions. David holds an MS and PhD from the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of the West Indies, Barbados. His post-graduate career included two years as a SESYNC and Luc Hoffmann Institute postdoctoral research fellow (2014-2016) and a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship (2016-2018) based at George Mason University and Conservation International. At SESYNC, David was affiliated with the team project Solving the Mystery of Marine Protected Area (MPA) Performance, which brought together an interdisciplinary team of researchers and data from MPAs from around the world to identify key trends between MPAs and their social and ecological impacts. This work, spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund, aimed to inform marine conservation policy and to strengthen a culture of evaluation in the conservation sector.

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2014 - 2016
Areas of Expertise
coastal and coral reef management
resource economics
marine protected areas
coral reef ecology
small-scale fisheries
non-market valuation
Research Interests
tropical coral reef systems
Methods of Expertise
field study
statistical analysis