Ting Chun Kuo

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Management, economics, and conservation of marine fishes under international trade regulations
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Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I have always been eager to know more about nature, the oceans surrounding us, and how to better protect them. While I was completing my MSc in biological oceanography, I realized that we have done too much harm to our oceans that we have tried too little to fix. That made me decide to pursue research on policy and the sustainable use of marine resources.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

The Institute of Oceans and Fisheries (formerly the Fisheries Centre) at UBC has been the leader of fisheries research. The multidisciplinary program is problem-solving oriented and has students from diverse backgrounds.


Learn more about Ting Chun's research

The international animal trade is a large industry, but control of this trade is important so that wild populations are not harmed. I study how international trade agreements impact the movement of at-risk species across international borders. Using seahorses as a case study, I am investigating the key players and influences in the global trade of marine species. In addition, I explore the patterns in the international trade of wildlife listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). By analyzing the complicated web of supply and demand across regions and over time, I hope to provide a better understanding of how trade regulations can be used to conserve marine wildlife.