William Bensted-Smith


William Bensted-Smith has been with the Marine Invasive Species and Subtidal Ecological Monitoring Projects since November of 2019. Part of his work focuses on predicting the propagation of introduced species into and within the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR) through particle tracking models recreating the movement of their larvae, as well as using ocean models to predict and study the potential effects of climate change over the coming years. The particle tracking work has extended to working on models predicting plastic flow in the ETP. He is also involved in managing and analysing the datasets of the Subtidal Ecological Monitoring of the GMR, whilst in the field he collects the data on reef fish.

He completed his undergraduate degree of BSc Physics with Hons. at the University of Exeter in 2018 and continued his studies with an MSc in Physical Oceanography at Bangor University the following year. His MSc thesis was based on recreating the historical spread of an invasive barnacle species in the Irish Sea using a particle tracking model, from which the skills learned have proved very useful in his current field of work.

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Nicolas Moity-CDF


Ocean governance

Ecologically, the ocean is one interconnected system. Yet international law has divided it into arbitrary maritime zones based on geopolitical interests. Our research seeks to improve transnational ocean governance and conservation outcomes in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, through collaboration with scientists, academics, practitioners, and decision-makers.