Visiting Researcher, ICCS
Marine Advocate, Indo-Pacific, WWF New Zealand.
The myriad of inter-connected life that is biodiversity is the inspiration for Katherine’s commitment to conservation, ecological restoration and sustainable development. Since growing up in Singapore with rhinoceros beetles in her garden, Katherine has been dedicated to conservation. She combines her fascination and love for nature with a robust approach to identifying and addressing the challenges we face in conservation. Understanding how the environment affects people and people affect the environment is central to Katherine’s approach to nature conservation and which she engages with passion and honesty.
Katherine’s marine conservation career has evolved through working for WWF New Zealand (1996-99), Australia where she promoted the Marine Stewardship Council and was the “panda on watch” when the first certifications occurred globally, WWF International headquarters in Switzerland from 2004-11 and now based again from WWF NZ, and supporting the tropical marine fisheries teams from East Africa to Fiji. Katherine has played a major role in creating the sustainable seafood enabling environment in support of the Marine Stewardship Council seafood ecolabel, led the development of the first NGO ecosystem-based management policy for marine fisheries and recently completed a Masters by Research through Imperial College’s Conservation Science school researching ecosystem services and marine restoration. She has since been appointed Visiting Researcher to co-supervise a new PhD that is developing her research findings.
Katherine is also a Trustee of Gecko Trust, a community ecological restoration trust that owns a community company www.geckology.co.nz and see http://www.linkedin.com/in/katherinemshort for more information.
Short, Katherine (2012) “Stakeholder perspectives on ecosystem-based management of marine fisheries: A basis for improved seafood sustainability?” (pdf)