Christine Gaebel

I am a cross-disciplinary Research Assistant, working within the ATLAS European project. My research interest is the science-policy interface of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). In particular, I am interested in the evidence-policy-practice nexus and the operationalisation of evidence-informed policy within the future United Nations BBNJ agreement, which is currently under negotiation.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Law from Canada, where I grew up. An avid scuba diver and ocean enthusiast, I spent my post-graduation years underwater, working as a Marine Conservation Officer at a coral restoration centre on a small island off of Borneo and leading dive expeditions around the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. In 2018 I returned to academic studies to complete an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies at the University of Edinburgh, where I undertook a dissertation research project titled, ‘Science-based management of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction: An exploratory study of stakeholder discourse using Q-methodology’. In the future, I hope to further investigate transboundary science-policy interfaces to bridge the gap between deep-sea science and international environmental law.