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Sebastian Tapia

PhD Student, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Sebastián is a PhD student pursuing research in coastal marine resource conservation and management by linking the Social and Ecological dynamics. Sebastian received a professional degree in Marine Biology at Universidad Austral de Chile.  His previous experience includes a position as research assistant in multiple research projects through the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

As part of his undergraduate thesis project and research he gained experience in topics such as larval settlement of commercially important species, sub-tidal biodiversity assessments, coastal marine conservation and social-ecological systems leading to co-authorship of two manuscripts. His last labor in Chile in Dr. Gelcich's lab was to lead and conduct a nation-wide survey campaign directed to fishermen involved in the Territorial Use Rights for Fisheries (TURF) policy regarding their livelihood, fishing gear/targets and co-management practices coupled with their perception of the TURF policy they have engaged in, along the coast of Chile.

He looks to build on his prior research as a PhD student at Bren, and deepen interdisciplinary understanding of marine resource management challenges and solutions as a Latin American Fisheries Fellow.

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