Helen works on a range of projects related to ocean governance, marine policy and protected areas. In particular, she focuses on projects related to the effective management of protected areas and provides analytical support to the Global Database on Protected Area Management Effectiveness. Helen also supports the ODYSSEA project in its activities to engage potential users of an ocean observing and forecasting platform for the Mediterranean Sea.
Helen has an interdisciplinary academic background in Marine Science (MSc) and Sustainable Tourism & Development (MA). She has conducted research into the ecological impacts of tourism on coral reefs in Marine Protected Areas in Malaysia and has also examined local community participation in the scuba diving industry in Flores, Indonesia. Prior to joining UNEP-WCMC, Helen spent three years at the IUCN European Regional Office in Brussels supporting the coordination of urban and marine biodiversity conservation projects.
ODYSSEA is building a platform of observing and forecasting systems for the Mediterranean Sea to inform decision-making. Helen supports engagement with policy makers and ocean users in the region, to ensure the long-term sustainability and policy relevance of the ODYSSEA platform.