Jacobs research at UNEP-WCMC focuses on incorporating climate change impacts on biodiversity and anthropogenic threats into systematic conservation planning, the most widely used approach for designing Marine Protected Area (MPA) networks.
Jacob has a research background in marine biology, ecosystem-based management, and ecosystem modelling. Jacob obtained his PhD from the University of the Highlands and Islands, based at the Scottish Association for Marine Science, where he co-produced an ecosystem model of the Irish Sea alongside stakeholders and policy advisors to inform an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management for the Irish Sea. Jacob is an active member of several International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) working groups where he contributes towards the integration of ecosystem information into EU fisheries advice.
The Nereus Project is an interdisciplinary research partnership which spans from oceanography and marine ecology to fisheries economics and impacts on coastal communities. Jacobs research focusses on the development of new approaches for incorporating climate change into Marine Protected Area network design.