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Lindsay Aylesworth
Liu Scholar; PhD Student, Zoology
Office: AERL
Address: 2202 Main Mall

Lindsay is a marine ecologist, seahorse enthusiast and PhD student with Project Seahorse in the Zoology Department. She has carried out monitoring and survey work in the tropical marine environment for ten years, starting as an undergraduate on the coral reefs in the Yucatan coast of Mexico. Lindsay's PhD research focuses on implementing international policy for conservation action using seahorses, Thailand, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) as a case study. Her research uses both social and natural science techniques such as participatory mapping, semi-structured interviews as well as biological surveys and population modeling, to strategically evaluate how research and conservation measures are put into practice.

Lindsay received a Master's in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University studying bycatch in Pacific Island fisheries and a B.S. from Georgetown University with an interdisciplinary degree in science, technology and international affairs. Prior to starting her PhD, Lindsay worked in Brazil as a Fulbright Scholar to identify the habitat preferences of the longsnout seahorse, Hippocampus reidi and the management implications for the seahorse aquarium trade. Additionally, Lindsay has worked as a marine fellow for the IUCN Global Marine Programme in Washington, DC and in the Fiji Islands. In her spare time, Lindsay plays the ukulele and teaches scuba diving.

Supervisor: Amanda Vincent, Canada Research Chair in Marine Conservation and Professor in the Fisheries Centre


Aylesworth, L. 2012. 10 Things You Never Knew About Seahorses. Ocean Portal, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Washington, DC.

Aylesworth, L.  and J. Bruno.  2008.  Corals as endangered species. In Encyclopedia of Earth, eds. C. J. Cleveland, Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment.

Joyner, C. and L. Aylesworth.  2008.  Managing IUU Fishing in the Southern Ocean: Rethinking the Plight of the Patagonian Toothfish.  Ocean Yearbook, ed. A. Chircop. Leiden, The Netherlands, Koninklijke Brill 22:249-290.

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