I'm interested in advancing systematic conservation planning theory and practice through the integration of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine conservation planning. My research explores theoretical and methodological aspects of decision-making problems associated with an integrated land-sea planning approach. For example, cost-effective mitigation of cross-system threats (e.g. land-based pollution affecting marine and freshwater ecosystems), identifying co-benefits and trade-offs associated with different land/water uses and management decisions (e.g. spatial congruence between local and downstream land values), and improving collaboration among stakeholders with diverse (and sometimes conflicting) objectives across the land-sea interface. My current research includes participatory scenario planning to inform integrated catchment management, studying collaboration networks supporting planning for land-water use and management, and designing marine reserve networks considering ecological connectivity and the effects of global warming.
Mr Jorge Alvarez-Romero
Dr Jorge Alvarez-Romero