Selina Heppell is an associate professor and marine fisheries ecologist at Oregon State University. Heppell uses computer models and simulations to help managers understand how populations respond to human impacts and to guide research and management policy toward species recovery.

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Marine conservation has few success stories; it has been criticized for almost exclusively focusing on problems rather than solutions. And while it makes sense to fully understand a problem before framing possible solutions, scientists often focus on the problem description stage—writing the obituary for the oceans—rather than on working to …

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