Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Christine Gaebel

Research interests:

My research interests include: Science-practice-policy interfaces for deep-sea and open-ocean marine biodiversity governance processes; Integration of scientific research within policy processes; Capacity building in marine science and transfer of marine technology to support equitable implementation of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use measures; FAIR data policies in marine scientific research and dissemination activities.

Career history:

Prior to undertaking a PhD in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (University of Edinburgh), I worked as a Marine Conservation Officer at a coral reef restoration organisation, a Research Assistant with the Horizon 2020 ATLAS project, and as a Marine Policy Project Manager with the Horizon 2020 iAtlantic project. I hold an undergraduate degree with a double major in Law and Human Rights (Carleton University, Canada) and a Master of Science in Marine Systems and Policies (University of Edinburgh, UK). In addition, I am the Co-Lead of the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative’s BBNJ Working Group, where I work with an international and interdisciplinary group of marine scientists to help connect marine science and scientists with decision-making processes.

Active research projects:

Operationalising Evidence-Based Management of Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction in a Changing Ocean (

Recent publications:

Peer reviewed publications:

Gaebel, C., Baulcomb, C., Johnson, D.E., Roberts, J.M., 2020, Recognising Stakeholder Conflict & Encouraging Consensus of ‘Science-Based Management’ Approaches for Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), Frontiers in Marine Science, 7:557546. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.557546.

Other outputs:

Strand, M., Morgera, E., Ntona, M., Kenny, A., Sauer, W., Gaebel, C., Lavelle, J., Snow, B., 2022, Advancing participation in the conservation & sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). Online.

Gaebel, C., Larkin, K., Dohna, T., Henry, L.A., Grove, T., Stoller, A., Fang, X., Roberts, J.M., 2021, Integrating Diverse Knowledge Systems, ECO Magazine. Online.

Badoz, L., Brown, A., Epps, M., Gaebel, C., Garcia, S., Gjerde, K., Harden-Davies, H., Jaspars, M., Mossop, J., Nevill, P., Payne, C., Slobodian, L., Symons, D., 2020, International Legally Binding Instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation & Sustainable use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: IUCN Comments. Online.

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