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Position: Research Director
Department: Science & Standards
Division: Science & Research


Research interests

Environmental and ecological risk assessment for marine biodiversity conservation, Sustainable resource management.

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Dr. Beth Polidoro is Research Director within the MSC Science and Standards Team. Polidoro leads MSC efforts to collate relevant data sets and provide a diversity of analyses, tools and research products for a variety of stakeholders. She also oversees collaborative MSC studies on the impacts of certification programs on marine biodiversity, the ocean environment, and socio-economic indicators. 

Prior to joining the MSC, Polidoro was a full-time Associate Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) where she led research teams and taught classes in Marine Conservation Ecology and Environmental Chemistry.

Polidoro has also worked as a Research Scientist for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to quantify the impacts of fisheries, pollution, climate change and other threats on more than 20,000 marine species for inclusion on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 

Now full-time with the MSC, Polidoro still maintains a number of affiliations and close collaborations with ASU and IUCN.

Those positions include: Deputy Director, ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes; Associate Professor, ASU School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences; Co-Chair of IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Marine Fishes Specialist Group; Red List Coordinator, IUCN SSC Reef Building Corals Specialist Group; and US Representative, IUCN SSC Marine Conservation Committee. 

Ph.D. in Soil, Land and Water Resources, University of Idaho and Centro Agronómico de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) Costa Rica. 

Recent research

Targeting ocean conservation outcomes through threat reduction

January 2024 ˑ npj Ocean Sustainability 3(4) 


Joseph Turner, Malcolm Starkey, Nicholas K. Dulvy, Frank Hawkins, Louise Mair, Adeline Serckx, Thomas Brooks, Beth Polidoro, Stuart H. M. Butchart, Kent Carpenter, Minna Epps, Rima W. Jabado, Nicholas B. W. Macfarlane, Leon Bennun

A macroplastic vulnerability index for marine mammals, seabirds, and sea turtles in Hawai’i 

Nov 2023 ˑ The Science of the Total Environment 908(3): 168247 


Erin L. Murphy, Leah R. Gerber, Chelsea M. Rochman, Beth Polidoro

The new Marine Stewardship Council requirements to improve ghost gear management: Insights from the policy development process 

November 2023 ˑ Marine Policy 157:105840 


Shaun McLennan, Beth Polidoro, Tim Huntington, Rod Cappell, Victor Restrepo, Karin Mundnich, Ernesto Jardim

Ten-year update of IUCN Red List assessments for tunas, mackerels, and billfishes 

Sep 2023 ˑ Oryx 


Bruce B. Collette, Beth Polidoro, David Shiffman, Krista Kemppinen 

A multi-taxonomic, trait-based framework for assessing macroplastic vulnerability 

Jun 2023 ˑ The Science of the Total Environment 892(8):164563 

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.164563

Erin L. Murphy, Cassidy Fredette-Roman, Chelsea M. Rochman, Leah R. Gerber, Beth Polidoro

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