Chris McOwen

Ph.D., Marine Biology

2011-2014 Senior Research Fellow

Lead Conservation Scientist, UNEP-WCMC

Nexus Principal Investigator

Chris McOwen is a postdoctoral scientist working with the Marine team together with staff in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. He researchers a variety of aspects relating to marine capture fisheries. Specifically, Chris is exploring the drivers of fisheries production, considering a range of ecological, oceanographic and socioeconomic processes, so that future fisheries production can be predicted and marine ecosystems exploited sustainably.


Martin C.S., Tolley M.J., Farmer E., Mcowen C.J., Geffert J.L., Scharlemann J.P.W., et al., 2014, A global map to aid the identification and screening of critical habitat for marine industries., Marine Ecosystem, Biodiversity, Marine Habitat, Marine Policy, 53, 45-53, DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2014.11.007, link

Singh, G. G., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Swartz, W., Cheung, W., Guy, J. A., Kenny, T. A., McOwen, C. J., Asch. R., Geffert, J. L., Wabnitz, C. C. C., Sumaila, U. R., Hanich, Q., Ota, Y., 2017, A rapid assessment of co-benefits and trade-offs among Sustainable Development Goals, Marine Policy,, link

McOwen C.J., Cheung W.W.L., Rykaczewski R.R., Watson R.A., Wood J.L., 2014, Is fisheries production within Large Marine Ecosystems determined by bottom-up or top-down forcing?, Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries, Fish and Fisheries, DOI 10.1111/faf.12082

Martin C.S., Fletcher R., Jones M.C., Kaschner K., Sullivan E., Tittensor D.P., Mcowen C., Geffert J.L., van Bochove J.W., Thomas H., Blyth S., Ravillious C., Tolley M., Stanwell-Smith D., 2014, Manual of marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance., Marine Ecosystem, Biodiversity, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

Dickson B., Blaney R., Miles L., Regan E., van Soesbergen A., Väänänen E., Blyth S., Harfoot M., Martin C.S., McOwen C., Newbold T., van Bochove J., 2014, Towards a global map of natural capital: Key ecosystem assets., Marine Ecosystem

Tittensor, D. P., Beger, M., Boerder, K., Boyce, D. G., Cavanagh, R. D., Cosandey-Godin, A., Crespo, G.O, Dunn, D.C., Ghiffary, W., Grant, S.M., Hannah, L., Halpin, P.N., Harfoot, M, Heaslip, S.G., Jeffery, N.W., Kingston, N., Lotze, H.K., McGowan, J., McLeod, E., McOwen, C.J., O’Leary, B.C., Schiller, L., Stanley, R.R.E., Westhead, M., Wilson, K.L., & Worm, B. (2019). Integrating climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation in the global ocean. Science Advances, 5(11), eaay9969. link.

Past Event

26 November 2018 - 28 November 2018

Nereus PI Chris McOwen and Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor will be attending the high-level 'Sustainable Blue Economy Conference' in Nairobi, Kenya on November 26-28th, 2018.
Past Event

8 May 2018 - 9 May 2018

Nereus Program Manager Wilf Swartz and Primary Investigator Chris McOwen attend the WMU Global Ocean Conference. In 2018, the World Maritime University (WMU) will celebrate 35 years of excellence in education, research and capacity building.