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Dr Jessica Savage

Dr Jessica Savage
Contact details
Tel.: 024 7652 2837
Room: R3.10/12 Ramphal Building

Office Hours: Wednesday 1-3 pm
Thursday 1-3 pm


Originally from London, I grew up with a love of the ocean. I started diving at 15 and studied an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology followed by a Masters in Biodiversity and Conservation. During this period, I developed a conservation based research programme in Cambodia which focused on the appropriate development and efficacy of Marine Protected Areas. I then undertook a Ph.D. assessing the socio-economic and ecological impacts of marine management on local communities. Throughout my studies I have been actively involved in the governance and policy arrangements of marine management and assisted in the establishment of a series of MPAs.

Following my Ph.D. I worked at the School for Field Studies in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. This involved teaching field-based courses in marine ecology, conservation and the scientific method to undergraduate students from around the world. During this time, I continued my work on the efficacy of MPAs and their impacts on the environment, economy, local indigenous communities, and tourism.

My main research interests surround the monitoring of marine resources, impact assessments and identifying the best means of integrating local resource-dependent communities into the habitat conservation, monitoring, and management.


Mach, L., Ponting, J., Brown, J. and Savage, J. (2018) Riding waves of intra-seasonal demand in surf tourism: analysing the nexus of seasonality and 21st century surf forecasting technology. Annals of Leisure Research. 2018:1-19.

Savage, J.M., Osborne, P.E. & Hudson, M.D. (2017) Can international volunteers and community members effectively monitor coral reef resources in Cambodia? Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 27(2): 340-352.

Savage, J.M., Osborne, P.E., Hudson, M.D., Knapp, M.P. & Budello, L (2014) A current status assessment of the coral reefs in the Koh Sdach Archipelago, Cambodia. Cambodian Journal of Natural History 2014(1): 47-54.

Savage, J. M., Osborne, P. E. & Hudson, M.D. (2013) Abundance and diversity of marine fauna and flora of the Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia. Cambodian Journal of Natural History 2013(2): 89-94.

Conference Presentations

Savage, J.M., Ceballos-Meraz, L., Mach, L. & Scott, C.P. (2017, December) 30 Years Later: What have we learned from the Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park? Presented at the European Coral Reef Symposium, 13-15th December 2017, Oxford.

Savage. J.M., Osborne, P.E. & Hudson, M.D (2015, June) Implications of 10 years without marine protection. Presented at the International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems, 1-4th June 2015, Hong Kong.

Savage, J. M., Osborne, P.E. & Hudson, M.D. (2014, May) Implications of 10 years without marine protection. Presented at the Marine Biological Association
Marine Biological Association (Post-graduate Conference) May 2014, Scarborough.