Kristina Heidrich

PhD Candidate
Sea Around Us –Indian Ocean
School of Biological Sciences
University of Western Australia (UWA)

I come from Germany, where I obtained my BSc from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and my MSc degree in Marine Ecosystem and Fisheries Science from the University of Hamburg. I have always been fascinated by the interaction between humans and marine environments, which is why after getting my Master’s degree I decided to join the Sea Around Us– Indian Ocean for my PhD on “Reconstruction and analyses of data for the global large pelagic fisheries: IUU fishing, policy ramifications and the UN High Seas Agreement.”  The main objectives of my project are to fill the data and transparency gap within global large-pelagic fisheries beyond national jurisdiction, to find patterns of unreported fishing in space and time, and to determine the extent of unethical and illegal cost-cutting actions within these fisheries. My research addresses the need to investigate high-seas fisheries and to provide the best and most comprehensive data and analyses to empower effective management and policy decisions. The research will advance big-data science on the global large pelagic fisheries as an important contribution to the implementation and interpretation of the pending UN High Seas Agreement.

I am also an affiliated member of the Marine Futures Lab.

Grants and Awards:

Forrest Research Foundation Scholarship
University of Western Australia International Fee Scholarship (UIFS) and University Postgraduate Award (UPA) for 2020

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