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Dr Leo Dutra's research field is human ecology where he uses his experience on marine sciences and natural resources management to link human needs to ecological systems. Leo has a background in benthic/coral reef ecology and sedimentology and since 2004 he gained extensive experience in natural resources management, decision-making processes, and ecosystem modelling. Leo's research outputs have been supporting natural resource management organisations and coastal communities to make balanced social, economic and ecological decisions. His current research involves the understanding of (i) social and governance methods to support decision-making processes and management of coastal and marine resources; (ii) ecological processes and thresholds on coastal ecosystems, and (iii) traditional resource-use practices to build and maintain adaptive capacity.