To avoid the pitfalls of traditional natural history surveys, Gosliner—a principal investigator of the Academy’s Philippine expeditions—helps combine hard-hitting science with collaborative outreach to local communities and key decision makers.
In 2013, the Batangas provincial legislature voted unanimously to create a Coastal Ecosystems Development Plan in order to protect their vital marine habitats, and worked with the Academy to pinpoint key areas for conservation efforts.
“We can’t just accept that making scientific discoveries is ‘enough,’” Gosliner says. “We have an obligation to explain their relevance. We need to find more ways to transfer scientific findings to the public so that we can positively impact public policy and conservation management—especially now, when the natural world is changing so rapidly.”