041: Antarctic marine conservation with Cassandra Brooks

Michael and Courtney interview Cassandra Brooks, an assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. We talked about her path from rural New Hampshire to Maine and later on to California, and most of all her transdisciplinary involvement in the development of marine protection in the seas around Antarctica. Cassandra discussed her initial exposure to this space, what drew her to it, and how she and her colleagues have worked to establish marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean.

Cassandra’s website: https://www.colorado.edu/envs/cassandra-brooks

A recent paper by Cassandra and colleagues on the policy development process in the Antarctic:

Brooks, C. M., L. B. Crowder, H. Österblom, and A. L. Strong. 2020. Reaching consensus for conserving the global commons: The case of the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Conservation Letters 13(1):289.

Cassandra’s famous youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNZu1uxNvlo