Shawn Margles

Shawn Margles is a Coastal & Marine Planning Scientist for the Global Marine Initiative of The Nature Conservancy. Shawn uses spatial analyses to support the design of planning process that both engage stakeholders and build local capacities. She has extensive experience designing and facilitating innovative regional planning processes in New Hampshire, Rwanda, and across the West Indies. Shawn is currently focused on integrating climate change and disaster spatial data into decision support tools to help communities and local governments make better informed decisions on how to allocate resources that will improve ecosystem and community adaptive capacity and reduce their vulnerability. As part of TNC’s Global Marine Initiative, Shawn provides technical support to state chapters and international field projects and leverages lessons learned from marine planning projects across the organization and beyond.

Shawn's Posts

The Mahi-Mahi & The Map: Digital Storytelling for Science

How can a scientist convey a complex and even contentious topic like marine spatial planning to non-specialist audiences? Shawn Margles looks to digital storytelling to convey the emotion behind the science.

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Salmon Cam Returns

We’re pleased to return Salmon Cam, a live view of spawning Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout.

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Forest Dilemmas
Too many deer. Logging one tree to save another. Beavers versus old growth. Welcome to forest conservation in the 21st century.

Drones Aid Bird Conservation
How can California conservationists accurately count thousands of cranes? Enter a new tool in bird monitoring: the drone.

Creating a Climate-Smart Agriculture
Can farmers globally both adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change? A new paper answers with a definitive yes. But it won't be easy.

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