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Hi there,

My name is Abigael Kim

I'm a socioecologist from Ontario, Canada.

My research investigates the relationship between oceans and people, supporting the use of resource management techniques that empower underserviced coastal communities. Through digestible documents and technical research, my work aims to educate readers and amplify the voices of those whose stories aren't often heard.

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Areas of Interest

The Blue Economy

As the global community pursue economically and environmentally sustainable ocean development frameworks, I investigate what this may mean for local well-being on small and large scales

Sustainable Development

The United Nations' SDGs serve as a foundation for global growth. I'm interested in the socio-economic implications of pursuing these goals in practice across geopolitical contexts.

Community Engagement

Effective marine conservation requires the input and support of communities that most closely interact with and rely on the ocean. I'm passionate about engaging with communities to develop truly sustainable projects.

Science Communication

As marine scientists, the ability to effectively communicate complex ideas is paramount. I develop creative and digestible works that spark interest and catalyze change.


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Recent Publication

Local perspectives on marine ecotourism development in a water-insecure island region: the case of Bocas del Toro, Panama

Marine ecotourism should not only increase economic viability and environmental sustainability but, most importantly, pursue socially equitable outcomes. In tropical and sub-tropical island regions, where substantial tourism development is often coupled with widespread strains on public infrastructure and services, including water access, there exists a need to better understand the expansion of this industry is felt at the community level.

Through a case study of Bocas del Toro, we mobilize stories from local community members to underline the complex nature of marine ecotourism governance and infrastructure development outcomes in a resource-insecure island region, demonstrating that current issues are greatly impacted by historical and social underpinnings of neo-colonialism and systemic racism, misalignments of community vs. government development priorities, and eroded political trust, that shape local experiences with sustainable development and local perceptions of the ability of ecotourism to address issues of water insecurity. 

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