Julie leads the fisheries strategy for the Gulf of California and the Mesoamerican Reef and intends to align science, technology, policy, finance and livelihoods into a comprehensive fisheries management program to affect both seascapes. She led the design for a national network of fisheries and biodiversity replenishment zones for Belize, co-led the development of a marine spatial plan for the Seychelles and was instrumental in the design and establishment of Belize’s largest marine reserve, Turneffe Atoll, in 2012. Julie also led the development of a 4-year data-limited fisheries assessment for Queen Conch and Spiny Lobster in the Port Honduras Marine Reserve.
In 2014, Julie was chosen to participate in the Nature Conservancy's Science Impact Project. Her project focuses on developing a global conservation team to support debt for adaptation swaps in local fisheries. As part of her project, Julie and her team worked with Belizean writer/performer, Kyraan Gabourel, to create a video with an important message to fishers and fisheries managers all across Belize. Fisheries resources are dwindling and in order for fishers to improve their livelihoods while maintaining a sustainable fishery, they need to organize themselves, diversify the fishery, improve fishing practices and seek better markets through innovative projects. Some of these projects are being spearheaded by The Conservancy in collaboration with fishing associations and cooperatives under the Fish for Life program – an initiative designed by fishers, for fishers.
Julie has worked in marine research and conservation for almost twenty years. She has extensive field experience throughout Belize and the Mesoamerican Reef and has worked on reef health and sustainable fisheries. She works very closely with fishing communities in empowering them for ownership and better management of their fishery, and to improve their livelihoods.