Gabby Ahmadia

Director, Marine Conservation Science, Oceans

Gabby Ahmadia
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Dr. Gabby Ahmadia is a director of marine conservation science on the Ocean Conservation team at WWF where she provides programmatic and technical support on a range of marine issues. Gabby is interested in how we better design and implement conservation programs at the intersection of communities and coastal ecosystems (primarily coral reefs and mangroves). She has expertise in tropical marine ecology, community-based conservation, area-based management (i.e. LMMAs, MPAs), monitoring design and implementation, and impact evaluation of marine conservation interventions. Gabby is focused geographically in the Coral Triangle and Coastal East Africa.

Originally hailing from Hawai‘i, Gabby has a wealth of experience, ranging from monitoring and eradication programs for invasive plant species in Natural Area Reserve Systems in Hawaii to marine ecophysiology to developing rapid vulnerability and resilience assessments for coral reefs. She has worked for over 15 years on marine science and conservation issues across the Pacific Ocean and into the Coral Triangle, with a recent expansion into Coastal Africa.  Gabby completed her PhD in Coastal and Marine Systems Science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, investigating factors that structure coral reef fish assemblages.





“By disentangling the complexities of what leads to successful conservation outcomes, we can design conservations strategies that have greater positive impacts. ”

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Director, Marine Conservation Science


• Phd Coastal & Marine Systems Science, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (2012)
• MS Marine Biology, University Of West Florida (2008)
• BS Zoology, Humboldt State University (2004)

Areas of Expertise

• Coral Reef Ecology
    • Linking Social & Biophysical Factors To Ecosystem Status & Change
• Monitoring & Evaluation
    • Impact Evaluation
    • Regional Performance Measurements
• Marine Protected Areas
• Science Capacity Building