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Alison Green

Alison Green

Senior Marine Scientist

Dr Alison Green is a senior marine scientist with The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Team and Indo-Pacific Division. Alison has 25 years’ experience in coral reef conservation and management, and her areas of expertise include: designing resilient networks of marine reserves to achieve fisheries, biodiversity and climate change objectives; coral reef fish ecology; and ensuring that marine conservation is based on the best available scientific information.

Alison has provided scientific advice and training to field practitioners in marine conservation in over 20 countries in the Western Pacific, Southeast Asia, West Indian Ocean, Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently she is focused on providing scientific advice for designing marine reserves to maximize their benefits for fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in the face of climate change in tropical marine ecosystems, and mapping ocean wealth from coral reef fisheries worldwide.

Alison has a Ph.D. in marine biology from James Cook University of North Queensland, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she was the Director of Science, Technology and Information at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in Australia. 

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Green, A.L., Maypa, A.P, Almany, G.R., Rhodes, K.L., Weeks, R., Abesamis, R.A., Gleason, M.G., Mumby, P.J. and White, A.T. 2014. Larval dispersal and movement patterns of coral reef fishes, and implications for marine reserve network design. Biological Reviews doi:10.1111/brv.1255.

Abesamis, R.A., Green, A.L., Russ, G.R., Jadloc, C.R.L. 2014 The intrinsic vulnerability to fishing of coral reef fishes and their differential recovery in fishery closures. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 24 (4): 1033-1063. DOI 10.1007/s11160-014-9362-x

Anthony, K.R.N., Marshall, P.A., Abdulla, Am., Beeden, R., Bergh, C., Black, R., Eakin, C.M., Game, E.T., Gooch, M., Graham, N.A.J., Green, A., Heron, S.F., van Hooidonk, R., Knowland, C., Mangubhai, S., Marshall, N., Maynard, J.A., McGinnity, P., Mcleod, E., Mumby, P.J., Nystrom, M., Obura, D., Oliver, J., Possingham, H.P., Pressey, R.L., Rowlands, G.P., Tamelander, J., Wachenfeld, D., Wear, S. 2014 Operationalising resilience for adaptive coral reef management under global environmental change. Global Change Biology doi: 10.1111/gcb.12700

Green, A.L., Fernandes, L., Almany, G., Abesamis, R., McLeod, E., Aliño, P., White, A.T., Salm, R., Tanzer, J., Pressey, R.L. 2014. Designing marine reserves for fisheries management, biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. Coastal Management 42:143–159.

Trip, E.D.L., Craig, P., Green, A., Choat, J.H.2014 Recruitment dynamics and first year growth of the coral reef surgeonfish Ctenochaetus striatus, with implications for acanthurid growth models. Coral Reefs DOI 10.1007/s00338-014-1182-x

Walton, A. , White, A.T., Tighe, S., Aliño, P., Laroya, L., Dermawan, A., Kasasiah, A., Abdul Hamid, S., Vave-Karamui, A., Genia, V., De Jesus Martins, L., Green, A.L. 2014. Establishing a functional region-wide Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System. Coastal Management, 42:107–127.

Weeks, R., Aliño, P., Atkinson, S., Beldia, P., Binson, A., Campos, W.L., Djohani, R., Green, A.L., Hamilton, R., Horigue, V., Jumin, R., Kalim, K., Kasasiah, A., Kereseka, J., Klein, C., Laroya, L., Magupin, S., Masike, B., Mohan, C., Da Silva Pinto, R.M., Vave-Karamui, A., Villanoy, C., Welly, M., White, A. 2014 Developing marine protected area networks in the Coral Triangle: Good Practices for Expanding the Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System. Coastal Management 42:183–205.

White, A.T., Green, A.L. 2014 Introduction in Special Issue on Establishing a Region-wide System of Marine Protected Areas in the Coral Triangle. Coastal Management 42: 81-86.

White, A.T., Aliño, P.M., Cros, A., Ahmad Fatan, N., Green, A.L., Teoh, S.J., Laroya, L., Peterson, N., Tan, S., Tighe, S., Venegas-Li, R., Walton, A., Wen Wen 2014. Marine protected areas in the Coral Triangle: Progress, issues and options. Coastal Management 42:87–106.


Birkeland, C., Green, A., Fenner, D., Squair, C., Dahl, A.L. 2013 Substratum stability and coral reef resilience: insights from 90 years of disturbances on a reef in American Samoa. Micronesica 11: 1– 15.

Edwards, C.B., Friedlander, A.M., A. Green, Hardt, M.J., Sala, E., Sweatman, H.P., Williams, I.D., Zgliczynski, B., Sandin, S.A., Smith, J.E. 2013 Global assessment of the status of coral reef herbivorous fishes: evidence for fishing effects. Proceedings of the Royal Society 281: 20131835.


Brewer, T., Cinner, J., Green, A., Pressey, R. 2012 Effects of human population density and proximity to markets on coral reef fishes vulnerable to extinction by fishing. Conservation Biology DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01963.x

McLeod, E., Green, A., Game, E., Anthony, K., Cinner, J., Heron, S.F., Kleypas, J., Lovelock, C.E., Pandolfi, J.M., Pressey, R.L., Salm, R.V., Schill, S., Woodroffe, C. 2012. Integrating Climate and Ocean Change Vulnerability into Conservation Planning. Coastal Management 40(6): 651-672.

Brewer,T., Cinner, J., Fisher, R., Green, A., Wilson, S. 2012 Market access, population density, and socioeconomic development explain diversity and functional group biomass of coral reef fish assemblages. Global Environmental Change 22: 399-406.

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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