Dr. Meriwether Wilson is a marine ecologist and Lecturer in Marine Science and Policy at the University of Edinburgh focusing on the science-policy-society intersections of transboundary marine ecosystems and services, in particular biodiversity in international waters. Her research explores challenges in coastal-marine governance and marine ecology regarding infrastructure establishment and habitat loss in nearshore and offshore areas. She is currently Co-Lead on an EU project “OPERAS” exploring how to integrate ecosystem science into policy and practice, in particular for coastal setting across Europe. Her research focus evolved from two decades of experience with international organizations (World Bank, UNESCO,UNDP, IUCN, NOAA) on the establishing marine protected areas globally across diverse ecological scales, cultures and economies.
Dr. Wilson is Programme Director of Edinburgh’s new MSc in Marine Systems & Policies. Other leadership roles include: Member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, Contributing Author on European coastal and marine ecosystems for the 2014 IPCC AR5, Working Group II report, and contributor to EU and IUCN processes addressing climate change, biodiversity and blue growth for EU overseas islands and regions globally.