Can Belize control invasive lionfish by eating them?

Jennifer Solomon

Colorado State University

Dr. Jennifer Solomon’s research focuses on the interface of development, livelihoods and collaborative resource management in communities adjacent to protected areas. Specific study interests concern the human dimensions of the lionfish invasion in Belize, noncompliance with resource regulations and women in conservation leadership. She teaches in the Conservation Leadership graduate program at Colorado State University in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, directs undergraduate and graduate overseas field programs and teaches undergraduate courses in the Warner College of Natural Resources. She is a Fulbrighter, Boren fellow, Center for Collaborative Conservation fellow and has served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Nicaragua. Dr. Solomon holds a MA in Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a PhD from University of Florida in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with a concentration in human dimensions of wildlife conservation and tropical conservation and development.


Pacific red lionfish (Pterois volitans) were first reported in Belize in 2008, and have since invaded reefs nationwide, causing grave concerns about deleterious impacts on the Belize Barrier Reef, as well as on the fishing and... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jennifer Solomon (Colorado State University)
  2. Julie Sabattis (Colorado State University)
  3. Phil Krening (Colorado State University)
  4. Jen Chapman (Blue Ventures - Belize)
  5. Marc Fruitema (Blue Ventures - Belize)
  6. Tyrell Reyes (Blue Ventures - Belize)
  7. Kelly Martin (Colorado State University)

Topic Area

Topics: Invasive Species


W-1D » Invasive Species (08:00 - Wednesday, 20th September, Diamond West)

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