Miriam

Huitric

PhD

Programme Director, Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development

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Miriam Huitric is the Programme Director for the centre Master's programme Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development

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  • Miriam began her academic career at the Department of Systems Ecology at
    Stockholm University where she wrote her doctoral thesis
  • She now works as the Programme Director for the centre Master's programme Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development
  • She has also worked for centre partner Albaeco

Her work involves overseeing the programme's contents and progression, through the courses that we have developed, as well as following our students during their time here, particularly during the period spent on their Master's theses.

She is also in charge of the Traineeship student course at the centre.

Miriam began her academic career at the Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University where she wrote her doctoral thesis. Her research focused on the mis-matches between institutions and the ecosystems they attend to, using the shrimp farming industry in Thailand and the lobster and conch fisheries in Belize as examples.

Her findings demonstrated that even severe changes in a resource (and/or its environment) can have limited impact on the institutions governing its use. Furthermore, while many expect a well-structured and successful social system related to resource use to respond to changes in the system they depend on, this is not necessarily the case. It is not possible to study the social or ecological system in isolation if one wants to understand the dynamics between resource users and their resource base. The social-ecological system needs to be the point of departure.
 
On completion of her thesis, she spent a year with the Albaeco. During this time she also enjoyed taking part in various projects that Albaeco have been engaged in, including its very successful exhibition Manna — Food in a New Light.

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Publications by Huitric, Miriam

The potential of trait-based approaches to contribute to marine conservation

Stuart-Smith, R.D., A.E. Bates, J.S. Lefcheck, J. Emmett Duffy, S.C. Baker, R.J. Thomson, J.F. Stuart-Smith, N.A. Hill, S.J. Kininmonth, L. Airoldi, M.A. Becerro, S.J. Campbell, T.P. Dawson, S.A. Navarrete, G. Soler, E.M.A. Strain, T.J. Willis, G.J. Edgar

2015 - Journal / article

The value of diversity metrics to represent ecological communities and inform broad-scale conservation objectives and policy has often been subject to debate and uncertainty and. In practice, diversity metrics are important in setting management and conservation priorities, just as economic indices contribute to global monetary and financial policies. Thus, key challenges for ecologists are to identify new ways to view and summarise patterns in biodiversity and improve on the metrics available for management purposes. In a recent paper on functional diversity patterns in reef fishes, we highlighted the potential of new insights gained from functional trait-based approaches to inform marine management, stressing the need to develop and refine biodiversity measures that are linked to ecology (rather than taxonomy). We used a unique, fisheries-independent reef fish identity and abundance dataset, collected using standardised methods from equatorial to high latitude regions all over the world, to provide the first global view of the distribution of individuals amongst species (including a measure of evenness) and functional traits amongst marine communities. A recent paper by Robinson et al. published in Marine Policy criticised the use of our evenness index as a measure of biodiversity, and questioned the use of functional trait-based metrics derived from surveys of standardised areas for decisions relating to broad-scale management of marine systems. In this paper we respond to Robinson et al. and rebut their claims related to sampling bias and broad-scale applicability of trait-based approaches.


Huitric, Miriam

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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