Researcher biography

Dr Dunn is an interdisciplinary marine conservation scientist. His research focuses on applying ecological and biogeographical theory to develop applied solutions to natural resource management and conservation problems in the ocean across a range of scales.  Specifically, his current work centers on: 1) mismatches between the scale of management and inter- and intra-specific interactions; 2) understanding social and ecological processes that generate pattern in anthropogenic stressors and biodiversity at meso- and macro-scales; and 3) migratory connectivity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). 

He addresses these topics by developing empirical models using large species observation, fisheries and physical oceanographic datasets and applies the results to global policy processes.  He co-chairs the Biology and Ecosystems Panel of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), sits on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI), the Policy Working Group of the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative, and IUCN Specialist Groups.  In these capacities, he has engaged and informed the work of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on Migratory Species, the International Seabed Authority and the ongoing negotiations for a new treaty for the conservation and sustainable us of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).