Leigh A. Kroeger

    KroegerPh.D. Candidate

    Scientific Coordinator

    Environmental Impacts of Offshore Mariculture

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     Academic Education:

    • BSc (summa cum laude) – Marine Geography, Cardiff University, UK (2007-2011)
    • MSc – Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, University of Oxford, UK (2012-2013)
    • PhD – Marine Biology, University of Haifa, Israel (2015-current)

    Background:

    Leigh is from the USA, but studied for her first and second degrees in the UK. She moved to Israel to begin her doctorate in 2014. Her first degree's thesis concerned foraging ecology of lemon sharks, under Dr. Steve Newman (University of Newcastle) at the Bimini Biological Field Station (Bahamas) and Dr. Rupert Perkins (Cardiff University). Her Masters involved leading a diving team in the Maldives to compare effects of removal of crown-of-thorns starfish from resorts to natural islands. She spent her time between the UK and Hawai'i for 10 years, working in various roles in different NOAA internships, and working as a contracted diver for the state of Hawai'i, conducting dive surveys of various ports, to determine coral and sponge diversity. 

    Current Research:

    Currently, Leigh’s doctorate focuses on the sustainable development of offshore aquaculture in Israel, investigating whether there are social or environmental implications in expanding the industry.  To do this, she is using a mass-balance trophic model and nutrient budget estimations in order to determine both fine-scale and macro-scalar impacts to the marine system. 

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