Megan is a SSHRC Canada Research Chair in Integrated Ocean and Coastal Governance at Dalhousie’s Marine Affairs Program (https://www.dal.ca/faculty/science/marine-affairs-program.html). She has an undergraduate zoology degree from Western University, and completed her Masters and PhD at UBC’s Fisheries Centre, focusing on fisheries economics relating to global tuna fisheries. As a postdoc with the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, where she helped to lead the BESTTuna (http://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Projects-and-programmes/BESTTuna.htm) and IFITT (https://ifittuna.info/) programs. These programs focused on interdisciplinary studies in pursuit of equitable and sustainable transboundary tuna in the Western and Central Pacific, and on studying traceability implementation in Indonesia’s tuna supply chains, respectively.
Her work is now positioned at the interface between private seafood governance (certifications, traceability) and public fisheries policy (national and international). Megan is particularly interested in how seafood companies and private certification programs are driving change in regional fisheries management. Her work in the IFITT program is some of the first studying the socio-economic implications of seafood traceability and Fair Trade USA implementation. Megan has published over 50 scientific articles and book chapters, and has an edited book Food Secure Futures: Multidisciplinary Solutions edited with Jessica Duncan, published in 2017 (Routledge. 213 pp). Megan currently serves on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for the International Pole and Line Foundation, on the Board of Directors for the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society.