Professor Hazel A. Oxenford

Organisation: UWI Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES)

Position: Professor of Marine Ecology and Fisheries


Professor Hazel Oxenford has over 30 years of experience in applied marine biology and marine management with a focus on Caribbean coral reefs, pelagic fisheries and marine resource management in a changing world. She is based in Barbados at the UWI Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) and has wide-experience in teaching, consulting and supervision of postgraduate students. 

Most recently she has been deeply involved in understanding and communicating the new origins and impacts of sargassum, and developing best practice guidelines for coping and adapting to this new phenomenon. She has served on numerous national and international Technical Advisory Committees and Working Groups, and has been widely recognized for her academic work and public service. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers, co-authored several books and book chapters, and more than 150 technical reports across a number of disciplines.

Together with other Caribbean-based team members, Professor Oxenford will serve a primary role in navigating the project through ongoing sargassum research initiatives in the region to ensure maximum impact, and will provide technical advice in aspects of monitoring, management and communicating forecasts of sargassum influxes.