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I am a conservation scientist aiming at investigating the consequences of human activities on the disruption of coral reef ecosystem functioning now and in the future,  and the consequences for local communities through the loss of ecosystem benefits. Part of my research focused on assessing the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in conserving fish functional diversity using wilderness areas are biodiversity references. After my PhD, I worked for about two years for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) at Madagascar as the scientific advisor of the marine program. During this experience I could witness the complexity of socio-ecological systems in small-scale fisheries. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow with both the Macquarie University in Sydney (Australia) and WCS through the Marine Monitoring project (PI Dr Emily Darling). My research focused now on investigating the management outputs across WCS seascapes as well as assessing the MPAs network in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) looking at, among others, the distribution of fish functional diversity and how well protected it is by the current MPA network. 

Education/Academic qualification

Conservation Biology, PhD, Universite de Montpellier

1 Oct 201126 Jan 2015

Conservation Biology, Master, Universite de Montpellier


Oceanography, Master, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

1 Sep 20062008

Science in Ocean and Environmental Sciences, Bachelor, Universités Aix-Marseille I & II

1 Sep 200330 Jun 2006

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Research Outputs 2013 2019

  • 450 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 10 Article
  • 1 Editorial
  • 1 Letter

Aligning marine spatial conservation priorities with functional connectivity across maritime jurisdictions

Maina, J. M., Gamoyo, M., Adams, V. M., D'agata, S., Bosire, J., Francis, J. & Waruinge, D., 24 Dec 2019, In : Conservation Science and Practice.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Exclusive Economic Zone
marine park
maritime boundary
marine resource

Implementing a social-ecological systems framework for conservation monitoring: lessons from a multi-country coral reef program

Gurney, G. G., Darling, E. S., Jupiter, S. D., Mangubhai, S., McClanahan, T. R., Lestari, P., Pardede, S., Campbell, S. J., Fox, M., Naisilisili, W., Muthiga, N. A., D'agata, S., Holmes, K. E. & Rossi, N. A., Dec 2019, In : Biological Conservation. 240, p. 1-9 9 p., 108298.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

coral reefs
coral reef
management practice
monitoring system

Temperature patterns and mechanisms influencing coral bleaching during the 2016 El Niño

McClanahan, T. R., Darling, E. S., Maina, J. M., Muthiga, N. A., D'agata, S., Jupiter, S. D., Arthur, R., Wilson, S. K., Mangubhai, S., Nand, Y., Ussi, A. M., Humphries, A. T., Patankar, V. J., Guillaume, M. M. M., Keith, S. A., Shedrawi, G., Julius, P., Grimsditch, G., Ndagala, J. & Leblond, J., Nov 2019, In : Nature Climate Change. 9, p. 845-851 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterResearchpeer-review

coral bleaching
El Nino

Gravity of human impacts mediates coral reef conservation gains

Cinner, J. E., Maire, E., Huchery, C., MacNeil, M. A., Graham, N. A. J., Mora, C., McClanahan, T. R., Barnes, M. L., Kittinger, J. N., Hicks, C. C., D'Agata, S., Hoey, A. S., Gurney, G. G., Feary, D. A., Williams, I. D., Kulbicki, M., Vigliola, L., Wantiez, L., Edgar, G. J., Stuart-Smith, R. D. & 17 othersSandin, S. A., Green, A., Hardt, M. J., Beger, M., Friedlander, A. M., Wilson, S. K., Brokovich, E., Brooks, A. J., Cruz-Motta, J. J., Booth, D. J., Chabanet, P., Gough, C., Tupper, M., Ferse, S. C. A., Sumaila, U. R., Pardede, S. & Mouillot, D., 3 Jul 2018, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 115, 27, p. E6116-E6125 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Coral reefs: fishing for sustainability

Darling, E. S. & D'agata, S., 23 Jan 2017, In : Current Biology. 27, 2, p. R65-R68 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

Coral Reefs
coral reefs