Jennifer O'Leary

Jennifer O'Leary


I am currently focusing on developing a strategy for TNC's marine program in the Western Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. This approach will focus on equitable and sustainable marine spatial planning and effective marine management. This work is aligned with my decade long-focus on regional marine protected area management through the SMART Seas Africa program (see below).

I am the co-director of the SMART Seas Program in East Africa (see our website). Through this program, I am working nationally with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Tanzania Parks Authority, and Seychelles National Parks Authority to help managers and fishing communities use data to make proactive management decisions and ensure that MPAs and fished reefs are socially and ecologically resilient. In the next year, with United Nations Funding, we will be holding a certification of trainers to facilitate growth of this successful approach to marine governance across other Western Indian Ocean nations.

Follow the program on Twitter @WIO_SAM or visit our webpage at

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of California Santa Cruz, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Coastal & Marine Issues
Conservation Science & Biology
Natural Resource Management
Currently Working On:
Marine conservation, marine protected area management, research on ecological structure and function of coral reefs, invasive species, resilience of corals facing climate change, teaching

Mombasa, CA
(831) 566-8867

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