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Julia Lawson

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PhD Student

Marine Science Institute (MSI) 1208

MS, Zoology, The University of British Columbia
BS, Biology, Dalhousie University

Julia is a boundary-spanning scientist working at the nexus of fisheries science and international relations. Her research focuses on international agreements, with a particular emphasis on transboundary fisheries. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Julia worked as the Programme Officer for the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group where she developed a passion for international governance. She is dedicated to finding ways for international agreements to be more effective on the ground. During her undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University, Julia completed her honors thesis research at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences on coral reef reproduction and recruitment. Her MS thesis research at The University of British Columbia's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries focused on the life history and management of seahorses in bycatch fisheries, where she completed her fieldwork in peninsular Malaysia. Julia has also been a research assistant on projects in Australia, the Bahamas, and her home country of Canada.

Year Admitted

Research Areas
international agreements, marine policy, ocean governance, fisheries management

Faculty Advisor
Steve Gaines

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