Coastal Fisheries Scientist, Pacific Division
Peter (Pete) Waldie joined The Nature Conservancy’s Pacific Division as a Coastal Fisheries Scientist in 2017. Pete has a strong background in both the ecological and social aspects of coral reef fisheries. He completed his
In his role as Coastal Fisheries Scientist, Pete supports the Conservancy’s community partners to sustainably manage their fisheries for simultaneous ecological and economic gains. Pete has assisted the Mwanus Endras Tribal Network in Papua New Guinea with establishing a sustainable sea cucumber fishery and exporting their sustainable products to premium markets in Hong Kong. Pete also conducts research investigating patterns of spatial distribution and larval dispersal of fisheries-targeted species.
Pete’s research shows that minimal expansions to community-based protected areas in Melanesia can greatly enhance protection of fish populations, including the brown-marbled grouper.
Overfishing forced Papua New Guinea to close its sea cucumber fishery for nearly a decade. As fishing resumes, Pete is working with local communities to link sea cucumber conservation with livelihood improvements for people.
Visit Pete’s Google Scholar Profile for a full list of publications.
Waldie, P.A., Almany, G.R., Sinclair‐Taylor, T.H., Hamilton, R.J., Potuku, T., Priest, M.A., Rhodes, K.L., Robinson, J., Cinner, J.E., & Berumen, M.L. (2016). Restricted grouper reproductive migrations support community‐based management. Royal Society Open Science. 3(3):150694.
Cortesi, F., Feeney, W.E., Ferrari, M.C.O., Waldie, P.A., Phillips, G.C., McClure, E.C., Sköld, H.N., Salzburger, W., Marshall, N.J., & Cheney, K.L. (2015). Phenotypic Plasticity Confers Multiple Fitness Benefits to a Mimic. Current Biology, 25, 1-6.
Robinson, J., Graham, N.A.J., Cinner, J.E., Almany, G.R., & Waldie, P.A. (2014). Fish and fisher behavior influence the vulnerability of groupers (Epinephelidae) to fishing at a multispecies spawning aggregation site. Coral Reefs, 34(2), 371–382.
Waldie, P.A., Blomberg, S.P., Cheney, K.L., Goldizen, A.W., & Grutter, A.S. (2011). Long-Term Effects of the Cleaner Fish Labroides dimidiatus on Coral Reef Fish Communities. PLoS ONE 6(6): e21201. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021201
Grutter, A.S., Rumney, J.G., Sinclair-Taylor, T., Waldie, P.A., & Franklin, C.E. (2011). Fish mucous cocoons: the ‘mosquito nets’ of the sea. Biology Letters 7(2), doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0916
Clague, G.E., Cheney, K.L., Goldizen, A.W., McCormick, M.I., Waldie, P.A. & Grutter, A.S. (2011). Long-term cleaner fish presence affects growth of a coral reef fish. Biology. Letters, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0458