Council Member
Professor Heather Jane Koldewey works to find solutions through interdisciplinary research and conservation action at the interface between communities and environment. Examples include a) co-founding Project Seahorse in 1996 which is recognised as the world’s leading authority on seahorses and as an early pioneer of community-based marine conservation and marine fish in trade; b) Net-Works development team, a multi-award award-winning project that has developed a novel community-based supply chain for discarded fishing nets that are recycled into carpet tiles (with Interface Inc.) addressing issues of marine debris and poverty alleviation in coastal communities in areas of high marine biodiversity; c) co-ordinating the Bertarelli Programme in Marine Science, a $12 million interdisciplinary research and conservation programme for large marine reserves, involving 23 organisations focused on the Chagos Archipelago and d) leading the Our Sea Our Life project (2015-2019, six partner organisations) in northern Mozambique to improve the resilience of coastal ecosystems and community well-being. Prof. Koldewey uses collaborative approaches to communicate and engage people in marine conservation, including Project Ocean, a partnership between the luxury London department store Selfridges and ZSL to bring ocean conservation to new audiences and change consumer buying habits and One Less, a campaign to build a more ocean-friendly society through working to make London the first capital city to stop using single-use plastic water bottles. Prof Koldewey advises National Geographic on their plastics programme and is science co-lead for their Sea to Source expedition tracking the source, quantity and flow of plastics in the Ganges.