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Alison Green

Alison Green

Senior Marine Scientist

I’m a marine scientist, with more than 15 years experience in coral reef conservation and management. Key areas of expertise include: designing resilient networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) to achieve fisheries, biodiversity and climate change objectives; monitoring and measuring success of marine conservation; coral reef fish ecology; and ensuring that marine conservation is based on the best available scientific information.

Over the last few years, I've provided scientific advice and training to field practitioners in marine conservation in over 20 countries in the Western Pacific, Southeast Asia, West Indian Ocean (particularly East Africa), Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, I’m focused on providing technical assistance for integrating fisheries, biodiversity and climate change objectives into MPA network design in the Coral Triangle and Micronesia.

I hold a Ph.D. in marine biology from James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia. In addition to my work for the Conservancy, I am also an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Australia (2008-present).

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Rodney Johnson & Katherine Ordway Stewardship Endowment: Applying innovative technology for measuring biological patterns of connectivity in marine populations to resilient marine protected area network design. Collaboration with ARC Center of Excellence, Woods Hole and University of Perpignan (2008-2010).

The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Conservation Award for Excellence in Site Conservation Practice: Kimbe Bay MPA Network Design, Papua New Guinea (2007).

Fulbright Scholarship: Doctoral Fellowship with Prof. Robert Warner, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California (1991).

Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowship: The ecology, taxonomy and biogeography of coral reef fishes (Wrasses: Family Labridae). 1991).

Australian Postgraduate Research Award: Doctoral Scholarship (1990-1994).



Brewer, T., Cinner, J., Green, A., Pressey, R. submitted Local human population density and proximity to external markets explain patterns of exploitation of vulnerable coral reef fishes. Conservation Biology.

Green, A., Fernandes, L., White, A., Tanzer, J. et al submitted Biophysical principles for designing marine protected area networks to achieve fisheries, biodiversity and climate change objectives in tropical marine ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

McLeod, E., Green, A. et al submitted Integrating climate and ocean change vulnerability into conservation planning for tropical coastal and marine ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Brewer,T., Cinner, J., Fisher, R., Green, A., Wilson, S. in press Market access, population density, and socioeconomic development explain diversity and functional group biomass of coral reef fish assemblages. Global Environmental Change doi:10.1016/j.gloenv-cha.2012.01.006.

Kulbicki, M., Beets, J., Chabanet, P., Floeter, S., Galzin, R., Green, A., et al. 2012 Distributions of Indo-Pacific lionfishes Pterois spp) in their native ranges: implications for the Atlantic invasion. Submitted to Marine Ecology Progress Series 446:189-205.


Mora, C., Aburto-Oropeza, O., Ayala Bocos, A., Ayotte, P.M., Banks, S., Bauman, A.G., Beger, M., Bessudo, S., Booth, D.J., Brokovich, E., Brooks, A., Chabanet, P., Cinner, J., Cortés, J., Cupul Magaña, A., DeMartini, E., Edgar, G.J., Feary, D.A., Ferse, S.C.A., Friedlander, F., Gaston, K.J., Gough, C., Graham, N.A.J., Green, A., et al 2011 Human footprint and the linkage between diversity and function in reef fishes. PlosBiology 9(4): e1000606.

Veron, J.E.N., DeVantier, L.M., Turak, E., Green, A.L., Kininmonth, S., Stafford-Smith, M., Peterson, N. 2011 The Coral Triangle In: Dubinsky, Z. and Stambler, N. (eds) Corals Reefs: An Ecosystem in Transition."


Klein, K.J., Ban, N.C., Halpern, B., Beger, M., Game, E.T., Grantham, H., Green, A., et al 2010 Prioritizing land and sea conservation investments to protect coral reefs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. PLoS One 5(8): e12431.


Brainard, R.E., Bainbridge, S., Brinkman, R., Eakin, C.M., Field, M., Gattuso, J., Gledhill, D., Gramer, L., Green, A., et al 2009 An international network of coral reef ecosystem observing systems (I-CREOS). Proceedings of OceanObs'09 Conference, Italy, 21-25 September, 2009

Brewer, T.D., Cinner, J.E., Green, A., Pandolfi, J.M. 2009 Thresholds and multiple scale interaction of environment, resource use, and market proximity on reef fishery resources in the Solomon Islands. Biological Conservation 142: 1797-1807.

Green, A., Smith, S.E., Lipsett-Moore, G., Groves, C., Peterson, N., Sheppard, S., Lokani, P., Hamilton, R., Almany, J., Aitsi, J., Bualia, L. 2009 Designing a resilient network of marine protected areas for Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. Oryx 43(4): 488-498.

McCook, L.J., Almany, G.R., Berumen, M.L., Day, J.C., Green, A.L., Jones, G.P., Leis, J.M., Planes, S., Russ, G.R., Sale, P.F., Thorrold, S.R. 2009 The challenge of incorporating connectivity science into coral reef management now: principles and practice. Coral Reefs 28: 353-366.

McLeod, E., Salm, R., Green, A., Almany, J. 2009 Designing marine protected area networks to address the impacts of climate change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7: 362-370.

Veron, J.E.N., DeVantier, L.M., Turak, E., Green, A.L., Kininmonth, S., Peterson, N. 2009 Delineating the Coral Triangle. Galaxea, Journal of Coral Reef Studies 11: 1-10.


Craig, P., Green, A., Tuilagi, F. 2008 Subsistence harvest of coral reef resources in the outer islands of American Samoa: modern, historic and prehistoric catches. Fisheries Research 89(3): 230-240.

Schroeder, R.E., Green, A.L., DeMartini, E.D., Kenyon, J.C. 2008 Long term effects of a ship-grounding on coral reef fish assemblages at Rose Atoll, American Samoa. Bulletin of Marine Science 82(3): 345–364.

Alison Green

Senior Marine Scientist

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