Episode 3 – Aquaculture: A New Food Frontier?

With the world’s population projected to reach 10 billion people in the next 30 years, it is reasonable to wonder: what will the future landscapes of food production look like? Or should we say… seascapes. In this episode, Kendall Jefferys and Lauren A. Mariolis explore the potential and pitfalls of aquaculture. 

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Episode Hosts

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Kendall Jefferys, undergraduate student at Duke University, research advised by Dr. David Gill

Kendall is a senior at Duke University, majoring in Environmental Science and Policy as well as English. Her current research examines governance and social-ecological impacts of marine protected areas in Indonesia. She has also researched with the Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab, exploring how remote sensing technology can monitor land cover change in the coastal Southeast. Kendall is a Rachel Carson Scholar and a fellow at the Rachel Carson Council.

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Lauren A. Mariolis, Master of Environmental Management ‘20

Lauren is a recent graduate from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Her master’s project focused on the process of coastal gentrification and the impacts this has on fishing communities’ economy and cultural identity. She also interned at Chesapeake Conservancy to institutionalize Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice into the organization’s internal operations and programming efforts to foster conservation practices that are rooted in social justice. Lauren is passionate about pursuing a career that cultivates healthy socioecological relationships and rehabilitates coastal ecosystems in ways that are economically viable, socially just, and environmentally sustainable.



Dr. Grant Murray is an Associate Professor of Marine Policy at the Duke University Marine Lab. He is a social science researcher that works to mobilize knowledge that is directly relevant to communities. His focal areas include the relationships between protected areas and nearby communities, seafood production systems, and relationships between local ecological knowledge, science, and social-ecological change.
Dr. Luke Fairbanks is an Assistant Research Professor at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a social science researcher that focuses on the values people associate with seafood and aquaculture, marine aquaculture policy and governance, and the human dimensions of large marine protected areas.
Dr. Marty Smith is a George M. Woodwell Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics at Duke University. He is an economist that researches policy-relevant topics relating to the economics of the oceans. Focal research topics include fisheries, marine ecosystems, seafood markets, and coastal climate adaptation.

Series Host

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Dr. Lisa Campbell hosts the Conservation and Development series. The series showcases the work of students who produce podcasts as part of their term projects. Lisa introduced a podcast assignment after 16 years of teaching, in an effort to direct student energy and effort to a project that would enjoy a wider audience.

Twitter: @lismarcam

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