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Dr Rebecca Short

Dr Rebecca Short

Project Manager, RENEW

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

 Office hours:

Alternate Mondays 9 - 5.30

Tues - Weds 9 - 5.30


Dr Rebecca Short is a blended researcher/practitioner in environmental issues, committed to solutions-focused innovations which address wicked problems through interdisciplinary and collaborative projects. Her research background has focused on fisheries management and associated socio-ecological systems; including health-environment links and dynamics of global food systems. Rebecca has applied her experience to a number of operational roles, having run local-to-global conservation projects/teams in a broad range of contexts.


BSc Marine Biology, University of Plymouth

MSc Conservation Science, Imperial College London

PhD Fisheries & socio-ecological systems, Imperial College London (ICL Grantham Institute | Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, Oxford University | Zoological Society of London)


Research projects


Journal articles

Crona BI, Wassenius E, Jonell M, Koehn JZ, Short R, Tigchelaar M, Daw TM, Golden CD, Gephart JA, Allison EH, et al (2023). Four ways blue foods can help achieve food system ambitions across nations. NATURE Author URL.
Short RE, Gelcich S, Little DC, Micheli F, Allison EH, Basurto X, Belton B, Brugere C, Bush SR, Cao L, et al (2021). Harnessing the diversity of small-scale actors is key to the future of aquatic food systems. Nature Food, 2(9), 733-741. Abstract.
Short RE, Gelcich S, Little DC, Micheli F, Allison EH, Basurto X, Belton B, Brugere C, Bush SR, Cao L, et al (2021). Harnessing the diversity of small-scale actors is key to the future of aquatic food systems (vol 2, pg 733, 2021). NATURE FOOD, 2(10), 828-828. Author URL.
Short RE, Cox DTC, Ling Tan Y, Bethel A, Eales JF, Garside R (2021). Review of the evidence for oceans and human health relationships in Europe: a systematic map. Environ Int, 146 Abstract.  Author URL.
Short RE, Mussa J, Hill NAO, Rowcliffe M, Milner-Gulland EJ (2020). Challenging assumptions: the gendered nature of mosquito net fishing and the implications for management. Gender, Technology and Development, 24(1), 66-88.
Andradi-Brown DA, Banaszak AT, Frazer TK, Gilchrist H, Harborne AR, Head CEI, Koldewey HJ, Levy E, Richards K, Short R, et al (2020). Editorial: Coral Reefs in the Anthropocene – Reflecting on 20 Years of Reef Conservation UK. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7
Tilley A, Mills D, Short R, Kolding J (2020). Valuing small fish from mosquito nets: a comment on Jones & Unsworth (2019). Ambio, 49(7), 1268-1270.
Trisos CH, Alexander SM, Gephart JA, Gurung R, McIntyre PB, Short RE (2019). Mosquito net fishing exemplifies conflict among Sustainable Development Goals. Nature Sustainability, 2(1), 5-7.
Short R, Gurung R, Rowcliffe M, Hill N, Milner-Gulland EJ (2018). The use of mosquito nets in fisheries: a global perspective. PLoS One, 13(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Obregón C, Lyndon AR, Barker J, Christiansen H, Godley BJ, Kurland S, Piccolo JJ, Potts R, Short R, Tebb A, et al (2018). Valuing and understanding fish populations in the Anthropocene: key questions to address. Journal of Fish Biology, 92(3), 828-845. Abstract.
Bush ER, Short RE, Milner‐Gulland EJ, Lennox K, Samoilys M, Hill N (2016). Mosquito Net Use in an Artisanal East African Fishery. Conservation Letters, 10(4), 451-459. Abstract.

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