Alison Green

Dr. Alison Green is a senior marine scientist with over 20 years’ experience ensuring that conservation and management are based on the best available science. Her areas of expertise include designing resilient networks of marine reserves to benefit people and nature, coral reef ecology, monitoring and measuring the effectiveness of marine conservation.

Alison has provided scientific advice and training for field practitioners in more than 30 countries in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, West Indian Ocean, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Currently, she is providing scientific guidance for designing networks of marine reserves and fisheries replenishment zones in the Bahamas, Mesoamerican Reef, Gulf of California, Kenya and Micronesia. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she was the Director of Science, Technology and Information at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in Australia.



Weeks, R., Green, A.L., et al. (2016). Using reef fish movement to inform marine reserve design. Journal of Applied Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12736

Green, A.L., et al. 2014. Larval dispersal and movement patterns of coral reef fishes, and implications for marine reserve network design. Biological Reviews doi:10.1111/brv.1255.

Abesamis, R.A., et al. 2014 The intrinsic vulnerability to fishing of coral reef fishes and their differential recovery in fishery closures. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 24 (4): 1033-1063. DOI 10.1007/s11160-014-9362-x

Trip, E.D.L., et al. 2014 Recruitment dynamics and first year growth of the coral reef surgeonfish Ctenochaetus striatus, with implications for acanthurid growth models. Coral Reefs DOI 10.1007/s00338-014-1182-x

Edwards, C.B., et al. 2013 Global assessment of the status of coral reef herbivorous fishes: evidence for fishing effects. Proceedings of the Royal Society 281: 20131835.

Climate Change

Anthony, K. R.N., et al. (2015). Operationalizing resilience for adaptive coral reef management under global environmental change. Global Change Biology, 21, 48–61.

Beger, M., et al. (2015). Integrating regional conservation priorities for multiple objectives into national policy. Nature Communications, 6, 8208.

Green, A.L., et al. 2014. Designing marine reserves for fisheries management, biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. Coastal Management 42:143–159.

Coral Reefs

Cinner, J. et al. (2016). Bright spots among the world’s coral reefs. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature18607

Walton, A. , et al. 2014. Establishing a functional region-wide Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System. Coastal Management, 42:107–127.

Weeks, R., et al. 2014 Developing marine protected area networks in the Coral Triangle: Good Practices for Expanding the Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System. Coastal Management 42:183–205.

White, A.T., Green, A.L. 2014 Introduction in Special Issue on Establishing a Region-wide System of Marine Protected Areas in the Coral Triangle. Coastal Management 42: 81-86.

White, A.T., et al. 2014. Marine protected areas in the Coral Triangle: Progress, issues and options. Coastal Management 42:87–106.

Birkeland, C., et al. 2013 Substratum stability and coral reef resilience: insights from 90 years of disturbances on a reef in American Samoa. Micronesica 11: 1– 15.

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