Willa Brooks

Lab affiliation: Masters Student (MEM-CEM 2019)


My primary interests lie in the intersection of marine conservation and marine resource management. Since research cannot translate into effective management or conservation strategies in isolation, I aim to further incorporate the connectivity between research, policy, and education to develop new perspectives on contemporary issues in marine conservation. My research interests span evidence synthesis, fisheries management, exotic species ecology, phylogenetics, and biogeography.

At Duke, I am working with Lisa Campbell and Brian Silliman on the Ocean Evidence Gap Map (OEGM) Bass Connection project which seeks to visualize existing evidence on marine conservation initiatives and quantify their linked outcomes. I am serving as the OEGM project manager and will generate a policy memo based on the results of this evidence analysis for my Masters Project.


Dornburg A, Townsend JP, Brooks W, Spriggs E, Eytan RI, Moore JA, Wainwright PC, Lemmon A, Lemmon EM, Near TJ. 2017. New insights on the sister lineage of percomorph fishes with an anchored hybrid enrichment dataset. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 110: 27-38