Episode 38 – What is Ecosystem Restoration?

Restoration is a relatively new tool used for the conservation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems. As such, a certain level of uncertainty surrounds what restoration actually is. Our podcast seeks to understand how restoration is defined, specifically as it pertains to Target 2 of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2022. We are particular interested in artificial reefs and what role they might play in meeting Target 2, which aims to Ensure that by 2030 at least 30 per cent of areas of degraded terrestrial, inland water, and coastal and marine ecosystems are under effective restoration, in order to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, ecological integrity and connectivity.  Part of the Conservation and Development Series.

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Alex Risius is a second-year Master of Environmental Management candidate focusing on Coastal Environmental Management. Prior to returning to school, Alex lived in Key West, Florida working as the Assistant Director of Reef Relief, Inc. While working at the non-profit, Alex taught thousands of students about coral reef ecosystems and developed marine science curriculum, worked with community stakeholders to solve local environmental issues, and assisted in hiring and managing staff and interns. After graduation, she hopes to continue working at the intersection of marine conservation and community outreach.  Alex enjoyed producing a podcast all about restoration and artificial reefs on Seas the Day! 


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Alison Stouffer is a Coastal Environmental Management Master candidate at Duke University. Originally from Colorado, Alison has a strange fascination with marine life despite never growing up near the ocean. Prior to her time at Duke, Alison received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. During her undergraduate career, she took every opportunity to get involved in hands-on research, ranging from the climbing behavior of deer mice to using ATP to estimate marine microbial biomass. Since then, her academic interests have shifted to marine ecology and coastal restoration. When Alison isn’t in the field playing in mud or making maps in the GIS lab, she can be found hunting for the perfect shell, showing off her impeccable collection of fun socks, or perusing the shelves of the local thrift stores. 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/alisonstouffer 


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 a course project. 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.