About Kendra Karr

Kendra Karr

Sr Scientist II, Ocean Research & Development


Areas of expertise:

Oceans Program, Latin America & the Caribbean, renewing fisheries, marine protected areas, Fisheries, Ocean Conservation, data-limited stock assessment


As a Scientist with the Fishery Solutions Center, Kendra conducts cutting edge research that drives innovation in fishery assessment and management. Her research focuses on data-limited stock assessment, fishery management and science-based networks of marine protected areas. Kendra advises EDF’s international and national teams on identifying gaps in science knowledge at local levels; building knowledge and capacity in diverse areas; and developing comprehensive fishery management approaches that result in better ecological, social and economic outcomes. Kendra has conducted fisheries research in Belize, Cuba, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines and the Pacific coast of the United States.

In addition to her role with the center, Kendra is a research associate with the University of California, Santa Cruz’s (UCSC) Institute of Marine Science. Prior to joining EDF, she worked for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Initiative where she supported research on marine restoration, spatial planning and policy. Kendra assists the Seafood Watch Working Group on Data-Limited Fishery Assessment and advised Fairtrade on methodologies for certifying fisheries as fair-trade.

Kendra holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a B.S. in Marine Ecology. She is also an award-winning photographer and in her spare time, she enjoys backpacking, knitting, gardening, sailing, biking and scuba diving.


Research Associate, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California at Santa Cruz (2012- present)


  • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California at Santa Cruz
  • B.A., Environmental Studies (Agroecology), University of California at Santa Cruz
  • B.S., Marine Biology, University of California at Santa Cruz


Karr, K. A., Fujita, R., Halpern, B. S., Kappel, C. V., Crowder, L., Selkoe, K. A., Alcolado, P. M., Rader, D. (2015), Thresholds in Caribbean coral reefs: implications for ecosystem-based fishery management. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12388

McDonald, G., R. Caracomo, R. Fujita, T. Gedamke, K. Karr and J. Wilson and. 2014. A Multi-indicator Framework for Adaptive Management of Data-Limited Nearshore Fisheries. Proceedings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Volume 67.

R. Fujita, K. Karr, W. Battista, and D. Rader. 2013. A Framework for Developing Scientific Management Guidance for Data-Limited Fisheries. Proceedings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Volume 66.

Fujita, R., D. Thornhill, K. Karr, C. Cooper and L. Dee. 2013. Assessing and managing data-limited ornamental fisheries in coral reef. Fish and Fisheries. Early view online. DOI: 10.1111/faf.1204