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Holly Brooks

Associate Programme Officer | Conserving Land and Seascapes

Holly’s role is to provide technical support and input into marine projects and activities, specialising in ocean governance, marine connectivity, and coastal and marine restoration.

Previous experience & expertise

Holly holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Sussex and an MSc in Applied Wildlife Conservation from Anglia Ruskin University. Her MSc research thesis investigated the hatching success and sex ratios of loggerhead turtles in Kefalonia, Greece, highlighting how the impacts of climate change are resulting in skewed sex ratios. Prior to this, Holly worked on a newly established turtle conservation project in Costa Rica, contributing to the project’s establishment in the local community and the project design, in addition to collecting nesting data of olive ridley turtles. Holly’s first experience of working with marine turtles was as a Research Assistant for a conservation programme in the Seychelles, where she collected nesting data of hawksbill turtles in addition to wider biodiversity data on a protected island.

Recent work by Holly Brooks

Marine connectivity |

Holly is developing UNEP-WCMC’s work on marine connectivity and migratory marine species. Under the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Deep Seas Project she researched into how ecological connectivity can be considered under the BBNJ agreement. More recently, she is developing areas of work investigating how human activities are impacting migratory marine species on their migration routes.

Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction - Deep Seas Project |

Holly provided technical support to develop a marine spatial planning framework for areas beyond national jurisdiction, using features of area-based planning tools currently used in national waters. This work will support the implementation of ecosystem-based management tools in two pilot regions, the South-East Pacific and the Western Indian Ocean, as well as support the ongoing negotiations on a new legally binding agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (the BBNJ agreement).