David Gill

David Gill

Assistant Professor of Marine Conservation

David’s research centers on marine coupled human-natural systems, focusing predominantly on marine management and tropical coral reef systems. Overall, his research aims to provide evidence-based insights into how marine management and conservation can lead to equitable and sustainable outcomes. This work is by nature both interdisciplinary and collaborative, drawing on key theories and analytical approaches from disciplines such as economics, community ecology, and political science, and working alongside researchers and practitioners to co-develop salient research questions, approaches and dissemination pathways. His recent work includes global and regional assessments of the social and ecological impacts of marine conservation, valuation of economic dependence on coral reefs, and developing cost-effective approaches for monitoring socioecological systems in capacity-limited regions.

David holds an MSc and PhD from the Centre of Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of the West Indies, Barbados. His post-graduate career included two years as a Luc Hoffmann Fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC; 2014-2016) and a David H. Smith Conservation fellowship (2016-2018) based at George Mason University and Conservation International.


In The News


Schuhmann, P. W., R. Skeete, R. Waite, T. Lorde, P. Bangwayo-Skeete, H. A. Oxenford, D. Gill, W. Moore, and F. Spencer. “Visitors’ willingness to pay marine conservation fees in Barbados.” Tourism Management 71 (April 1, 2019): 315–26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2018.10.011.
Gill, D. A., H. A. Oxenford, R. A. Turner, and P. W. Schuhmann. “Making the most of data-poor fisheries: Low cost mapping of small island fisheries to inform policy.” Marine Policy 101 (March 1, 2019): 198–207. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2017.10.040.
Guerrero, A. M., N. J. Bennett, K. A. Wilson, N. Carter, D. Gill, M. Mills, C. D. Ives, et al. “Achieving the promise of integration in social-ecological research: A review and prospectus.” Ecology and Society 23, no. 3 (October 1, 2018). https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10232-230338.
Turner, R. A., J. Forster, C. Fitzsimmons, D. Gill, R. Mahon, A. Peterson, and S. Stead. “Social fit of coral reef governance varies among individuals.” Conservation Letters 11, no. 3 (May 1, 2018). https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12422.
Mascia, Michael B., Helen E. Fox, Louise Glew, Gabby N. Ahmadia, Arun Agrawal, Megan Barnes, Xavier Basurto, et al. “A novel framework for analyzing conservation impacts: evaluation, theory, and marine protected areas..” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1399, no. 1 (July 2017): 93–115. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.13428.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 393A: Research Independent Study (ENVIRON 393A: Research Independent Study)
ENVIRON 504A: Marine Protected Area Monitoring and Management (ENVIRON 504A: Marine Protected Area Monitoring and Management)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)

Contact Information

Duke Univ Marine Lab, 135 Duke Marine Lab Road
Beaufort, NC 28516


Ph.D., University of West Indies (West Indies) (2014)