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      • Linwood Pendelton – a passionate and committed researcher and International Chair of LaBEx Mer. “The Making of Campus Mondial de la Mer ”

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      • Linwood Pendelton – a passionate and committed researcher and International Chair of LaBEx Mer. “The Making of Campus Mondial de la Mer ”
      • Linwood Pendelton is a 52 year-old American born close to the ocean in the city of Chesapeake, Virginia (United States). He is a multidisciplinary scientist, biologist, ecologist and environmental economist with a passion for Brittany and his own little corner of north Finistère.

        Driven by a desire to investigate and understand human/environment interactions, he tries to find ways to reduce the impact of human activities on a natural environment shared by us all, which for Linwood is primarily the sea. “I want to help people make good decisions, and to do this we need to expand our knowledge and therefore increase our research capacities.”

        The Princeton, Harvard and Yale years

        In 1989, when Linwood was in his mid-twenties, he became aware of how humans cause problems for their environment; a realization that led him to ask why people destroy their own habitats. Searching for this answer, he decided to take a one-year sabbatical from his PhD and became involved with the Friends of the Peruvian Rainforest. However, it soon became apparent that if he were to work with organizations such as the UN and World Bank, then a relevant PhD would provide him with credibility and legitimacy. His next step was Harvard University where he did a PhD in public administration and environmental management. One of his projects was the establishment of a marine protected area in Honduras on a coral reef – an area with strong tourism growth alongside classic commercial activities.

        He worked at UCLA, where he taught economics, environmental studies, finance and public health. The university made him a professor and this gave him the job security he needed to pursue the research topics important to him.


        The Nicholas Institute at Duke University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

        When Linwood Pendleton started working for leading international organizations he created the Coastal Ocean Values Center, a small research center in which he was “his own boss”.

        This developed further in 2008 when he joined the Nicholas Institute at Duke University and in 2009-2010 he worked on the pollution caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

        From 2011 to 2013 he was the acting chief economist at NOAA.

        His French counterparts, Brittany and IUEM

        In 2013, he met French researchers in New Caledonia at a conference in the Coral Reef InitiativeS for the Pacific (CRISP) programme, most of whom worked with the French Biodiversity Agency (formerly known as Agence des Aires Marines Protégées). In the same year he was invited to Paris to give a speech at the Agences des Aires Marines General Assembly where he met Jean Boncoeur, a professor of economics at the University of Western Brittany.

        This is when things started to develop rather quickly. He moved to Brest to evaluate the Interreg Valmer project and was approached by UBO/IUEM who were in the process of creating an International Chair. “Brittany is the best place to be if you love the sea, the people are open-minded and the quality of life is unbelievable!” he says with a smile as he talks about the sea and surfing.

        The IUEM International Chair in Marine Ecosystem Services

        The Chair is for a fixed term of three years, but he decided to move to Brest anyway, and more precisely to Ploumoguer where he now lives with his family.

        He oversees research funds of €900,000 for three projects: one Horizon 2020 programme and two projects with Global Environmental Facilities (GEF) and The Nature Conservancy.

        The GEF-funded project aims to measure “coastal blue carbon” in coastal zones, with a field of study based on several marshes and mangroves. The work carried out helps partners in Ecuador, Madagascar, Mozambique and Indonesia “to measure carbon and find buyers”.

        The H2020 project uses satellite data to attempt to map the position of whales in the Pelagos Sanctuary. IMT Atlantique have just come on-board.


        What next?  

        "A dedicated thinking space to enhance sharing" in the form of the Centre for Ocean Innovation and Collaboration, a Campus Mondial de la Mer cluster.
        A collaborative space that will bring together the researchers, engineers and companies of Campus Mondial de la Mer to generate new services and solutions for the sustainable development of the oceans, all of which have links with other national and international communities. The first two years will consist of setting up the pilot programme to show how research can be conducted differently.

        The objective is twofold:
        i)    To learn and to try out new methods for more inclusive research.
        ii)   To make the latest earth observation technologies and data highly efficient to better understand the impacts of blue growth on marine ecosystems.


        About Campus Mondial de la Mer

        Campus Mondial de la Mer is a step towards developing a sustainable maritime economy, or “blue growth”. Its ambition is to make the tip of Brittany THE global center for studying and making the most of the oceans and seas.

        It is a joint initiative undertaken by the federative structures from Western Brittany’s marine sciences and technologies community: Europôle Mer, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique and Technople Brest-Iroise. It brings together universities and engineering schools, companies, national and international research establishments and regional and local authorities at the tip of Brittany.
        Campus Mondial de la Mer is making coordinated efforts to promote research, bring laboratories and companies closer together, promote research and help SMEs to develop internationally. Its objective is to target high-growth markets.


        Interviewed by Murièle Couchevellou, head of communication at Technopôle Brest-Iroise

      • Published on 10/05/2017
      • Link to Linwood Pendelton's blog

        Link to Linwood Pendelton's blog

        Linwood Pendelton in live

        Linwood Pendelton in live

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