Dr Eva Pláganyi-Lloyd
Éva leads research on the development of models to support the sustainable management of marine systems. She has an international reputation in stock assessment modelling, ecosystem modelling and management strategy evaluation. Her research interests centre on the biological modelling of marine and other renewable biological resources, and on the application of quantitative approaches to addressing general ecological questions. Her approach is strongly inter-disciplinary, with extensive cross-over between Applied Mathematics and Ecology. She has 15 years’ experience in the field of quantitative fisheries stock assessment, where her work focuses on developing an ecosystem approach to fisheries that ensures the sustainability and welfare of the entire ecosystem impacted by fishing activities.
A decade ago, climate change was still largely viewed as something we’d only need to worry about in the future. But dramatic changes, surprises and impacts on marine and freshwater ecosystems are occurring increasingly and challenging the way we manage aquatic ecosystems. In some cases, anthropogenic climate change is having an equal or bigger impact on marine species than fishing or other pressures. Given the scale of the problem, can we do anything about it? I will reflect on why it’s increasingly recognised that understanding the complex socio-economics of marine systems provides hope for mitigating climate change impacts. I’ll provide some examples of ways in which fisheries management is being ‘climate-proofed’ and ways that everyone can help. But how far are we prepared to go to adapt to the changes ahead? The answer to that question remains to be seen, but I’ll provide some examples of innovative adaptation methods that scientists are contemplating to safeguard the future of our blue planet.