CEO and Marine Research Director
Alligator Head Foundation
Dr. Dayne Buddo the CEO and Marine Research Director for the Alligator Head Foundation, a Marine Protected Area Private Foundation based in Jamaica. He is a Marine Ecologist with expertise in marine invasive alien species, fisheries management and marine protected areas.
He currently holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Zoology and Botany and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Zoology – Marine Sciences from The University of the West Indies (UWI Mona – Jamaica). Dr. Buddo served the UWI as Lecturer and Academic Coordinator 2009-2017, and was stationed at the UWI Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory and Field Station with responsibility for Marine Research and Teaching.
He has published several pieces of work on marine invasive species and fisheries management in the region, including the co-authored book on Lionfish Management in the Caribbean. In addition to marine invasive species, Dr. Buddo also has significant research interests in marine protected areas management, seagrass ecology, fisheries management and sustainable development. He has been a consultant for marine projects for CARICOM, Government of Japan, the World Bank, International Maritime Organization, the Nature Conservancy, among others, and has conducted work in over 30 countries. He has worked closely with the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) among other multilateral agencies.
Dr. Buddo currently serves on several national and regional committees that focus on marine invasive species and marine biodiversity, including the CITES Scientific Authority, Fisheries Management and Development Fund Board and the Marine Park Advisory Board . Most recently, he was asked to serve on a global task force for ballast water by the International Maritime Organization and the United Nations Intergovermental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. He also sits on the Board of Advisers for The Ocean Foundation based in the United States.
Dr. Buddo has taught courses at the UWI at both the Bachelors level and the Masters level, and has served and continues to serve as a research supervisor for several Masters and PhD students in marine sciences.