Laura provides technical, scientific and management support to a range of projects focused on delivering ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals, area based management, and applying ecosystem service assessment to marine management. One of these projects is ODYSSSEA, in which Laura is engaging with potential users of an online platform that will integrate data from observing and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean Sea and provide data-based information products. Laura’s key areas of expertise are ocean policy, marine spatial planning, ecosystem service assessment, and stakeholder engagement.
Before joining us, Laura worked at the Centre for Marine Conservation and Policy Research at Plymouth University. She recently completed a PhD exploring the role of ecosystem service assessment in facilitating marine stakeholder engagement. During her PhD, Laura worked on the VALMER Project, which investigated how ecosystem service assessment can support marine planning in the English Channel. As well as her PhD, Laura has an MSc in Marine Policy and Planning from Plymouth University and a postgraduate degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Lüneburg, Germany.
ODYSSEA is a European Union Horizon 2020 project with 28 partners from 14 countries. The project will develop, operate and demonstrate an interoperable platform that fully integrates networks of observing and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean. UNEP-WCMC is involved in several work packages and is leading work package 9 (End-users’ and policy makers’ involvement). Laura is co-leading and contributing to UNEP-WCMC’s work within ODYSSEA.
UNEP-WCMC is supporting UN Environment in developing a guidance manual to support national governments in their efforts to track progress against three targets under Sustainable Development Goal 14 ‘Live below water’: pollution, ecosystem-based management, and protected areas. Laura is leading the work on identifying existing indicator methodologies and developing step-by-step approaches for their implementation.
Laura is supporting research on how marine area based planning tools can support the delivery of ocean-related sustainable development goals. This involves undertaking structured reviews of area-based planning tools from around the world.