Charlotte (Charlie) Gough

DASSH Data Manager

DASSH Data Manager Charlotte (Charlie) Gough leaning against a bookcase in the library.

Keywords: Data collection

I joined the MBA team as the Data Manager for DASSH (UK Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data) in May 2023. I have an MSc in Conservation Biology and am currently completing my PhD part time on the small-scale fisheries of Madagascar at the University of Exeter. I built my experience and passion for data and data sharing working for the British NGO Blue Ventures. Having spent a decade living and working in southwest Madagascar I saw first-hand how the lack of information on the status of marine natural resources undermines local and national efforts to manage and conserve them.  

I led a number of research expeditions collecting biodiversity data around the country and spearheaded the development of community-based data collection, management and visualisation systems that served to engage and inform both fishers and policy makers. These systems are now being used by communities across multiple countries to guide local marine resource management decisions and empower local leaders to advocate for wider policy changes that will help to sustain their fisheries.