Jean-Baptiste is a joint PhD candidate between Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, and the Global Economic Dynamics and Biosphere programme (GEDB) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
As a PhD-candidate in Sustainability Science, his primary interest lies in exploring the intertwined relationship between humans and marine ecosystems in the Anthropocene, with the ambition to provide empirical novel approaches and analytical methods for understanding social-ecological system dynamics around the world.
His research encompasses multiple scales and systems, ranging from the Hawaiian archipelago and indicators for effective coral management, to the seafood industry at a global scale and the role of transnational corporations and the financial sector.
Jean-Baptiste has a background in natural science with an undergraduate degree in Biology of Organisms, Populations and Ecosystems from University Paul-Sabatier (France), and a MSc in Ecology from Stockholm University. After defending his MSc thesis in 2013, he joined the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere program at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences as a research analyst for one year, before starting a PhD in Sustainability Sciences.
At Stockholm Resilience Centre, Jean-Baptiste is affiliated to the theme Governance of coastal and marine systems and the stream Patterns of the Anthropocene, working primarily with Magnus Nyström, Albert Norström, Henrik Österblom and Beatrice Crona. Other collaborators include researchers from the Center for Ocean Solutions - Stanford University, Hawaii University, NOAA, Bangor University, Lancaster University, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology and University of St Andrews.
The Hawaiian case study is run in collaboration with the NCEAS group Ocean Tipping Points that seeks to identify critical thresholds and indicators for effective coral reef management in the Hawaiian Islands.
Jean-Baptiste is also a member of the Resilience Alliance Young Scholars (RAYS) network.
Emmy Wassenius, MSc candidate
Research news | 2018-06-06
Who owns ocean biodiversity? New study reveals how a single company has registered half of all existing patents associated with genes from marine species
Research news | 2017-08-08
Centre scientists and CEO’s of world largest seafood companies form coalition to turn seafood industry more sustainable. New PNAS study highlights the importance and process of science-business partnerships
Research news | 2017-07-11
More companies join largest seafood producers’ quest for ocean stewardship
Research news | 2017-03-31
A diversity of fish species with different shapes and swimming skills key to the resilience of coral reefs
2018 - Journal / article
Who owns ocean biodiversity? This is an increasingly relevant question, given the legal uncertainties associated with the use of genetic resources from areas beyond national jurisdiction, which cover half of the Earth’s surface. We accessed 38 million records of genetic sequences associated with patents and created a database of 12,998 sequences extracted from 862 marine species. We identified >1600 sequences from 91 species a...
2017 - Journal / article
The ocean is under considerable pressure originating from diverse human activities on land and in the water. While substantial literature has focused on how science interacts with policy, relatively little is known about interactions between science and business. Here, we describe: ( i ) the process of identifying “keystone actors” in marine ecosystems, namely globally operating corporations engaged in fisheries and aquacultu...
2017 - Journal / article
While environmental filters are well-known factors influencing community assembly, the extent to which these modify species functions, and entire ecosystem processes, is poorly understood. Focusing on a high-diversity system, we ask whether environmental filtering has ecosystem-wide effects beyond community assembly. We characterise a coral reef herbivorous fish community for swimming performance based on ten functional trai...
2016 - Journal / article
Anthropogenic changes to the Earth now rival those caused by the forces of nature and have shepherded us into a new planetary epoch – the Anthropocene. Such changes include profound and often unexpected alterations to coral reef ecosystems and the services they provide to human societies. Ensuring that reefs and their services endure during the Anthropocene will require that key drivers of coral reef change – fishing, water qu...