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Dr. Philip Dearden

Philip Dearden is a former Full Professor at the University of Victoria where he leads the Marine Protected Areas Research Group. His research is focused on biodiversity protection with a particular interest in protected area planning and management in the coastal tropics. Research interests range from coral reef monitoring, whale sharks, community-based conservation, marine ecotourism and marine protected area (MPA) planning to understanding the impacts of global climate change on MPAs and related communities. He has undertaken research in many countries and has been working in Thailand over 30 years. With over 250 academic articles and 9 books to his name he is frequently called upon to advise international and national governments on conservation matters