About Us: Meet our PhD Graduate

David’s research centers on marine coupled human-natural systems, focusing predominantly on marine management and tropical coral reef systems. Overall, his research aims to provide evidence-based insights into how marine management and conservation can lead to equitable and sustainable outcomes. This work is by nature both interdisciplinary and collaborative, drawing on key theories and analytical approaches from disciplines such as economics, community ecology, and political science, and working alongside researchers and practitioners to co-develop salient research questions, approaches and dissemination pathways. His recent work includes global and regional assessments of the social and ecological impacts of marine conservation, valuation of economic dependence on coral reefs, and developing cost-effective approaches for monitoring socioecological systems in capacity-limited regions.


Notable publications Schuhmann, P.W., Skeete, R., Waite, R., Lorde, T., Bangwayo-Skeete, P., Oxenford, H.A., Gill, D., Moore, W., Spencer, F. 2019. Visitors’ willingness to pay marine conservation fees in Barbados. Tourism Management, 71, 315–326.

Gill, D.A., Oxenford, H.A., Turner, R.A., Schuhmann, P.W. Making the most of data-poor fisheries: low cost mapping of small island fisheries to inform policy. 2019. Marine Policy 101: 198–207.

Gill, D.A., Mascia, M.B., Ahmadia, G., Glew, L., Lester, S., Barnes, M., Craigie, I., Darling, E., Free, C., Geldmann, J., Holst, S., Jensen, O., White, A.T., Basurto, X., Coad, L., Gates, R.D., Guannel, G., Mumby, P.J., Thomas, H., Whitmee, S., Woodley, S., Fox, H.E. 2017. Global capacity gaps hinder the conservation performance of marine protected areas. Nature. 543 (7647): 665–669.

Vall├Ęs, H., Gill, D. and Oxenford, H.A. 2015. Parrotfish size as a useful indicator of fishing effects in a small Caribbean island. Coral Reefs. 34 (3): 789-801.

Gill, D.A., Schuhmann, P.W., Oxenford, H.A. 2015. Recreational diver preferences for reef fish attributes: Economic implications of future change. Ecological Economics. 111: 48–57.

David Gill

PhD Graduate

Bsc (Dalhousie University)
Msc (UWI, Cave Hill)

Email: david.gill@duke.edu