Consultant in coastal ecology and sociocultural adaptation
Dr David Cabana is a marine biologist and ecologist who is dedicated to marine conservation, education and scientific outreach. Driven by his passion for the ocean David is committed to preserving enjoyable, inspiring and pristine seas for future generations. He believes the way to achieve this is to better manage the human dimensions of coastal areas combined with greater outreach of scientific knowledge on the functioning of these ecosystem. David is currently a postdoctoral researcher at University College Dublin working on the interdisciplinary project The Cultural Value of Coastlines that looks at the coastal ecosystem services from a cultural perspective to provide scientific knowledge to enhance the conservation of the coastal ecosystems as well as to inform managers and policy makers.
He is equipped with a BSc in Environmental Biology, a MSc in Science Teaching (Universidade da Coruña), MSc in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (Ghent University and University Pierre et Marie Curie) and a PhD from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens where he followed a holistic approach for the study of the benthic ecosystem of Messolonghi Marine Protected Area. His key research interests are the study of ecosystem functioning and the understanding of how biodiversity shifts and anthropogenic driven environmental changes affect the resilience of marine communities. Throughout his 9 years of experience David worked on different EU funded projects such as Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MMMPA) and ACTIONMED with special focus on biotic tools for the ecological assessment of coastal lagoon ecosystems, marine conservation and technical support to policy makers.
Areas of expertise: Marine Protected Areas, Coastal Cultural Ecosystem Services, Stakeholder Engagement, Scientific Education and Outreach, Benthic Ecology, Coastal and Transitional Waters Ecology.