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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Diverse Conservation

Call for Inclusive Conservation
Join Heather Tallis in a call to increase the diversity of voices and values in the conservation debate.

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Innovative Science

Infrared Sage Grouse Count
The challenge: find a chicken-sized bird in a million-acre expanse of rugged canyons & bad roads. Infrared video to the rescue.

Wildlife Videos In Infrared
Infrared enables us to see minor variations in temperature. See how this technology is revolutionizing conservation science.

Nature As Normal
TNC Lead Scientist Heather Tallis is researching how to make people see nature as critical to life through three lenses: education, water and poverty.

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