UCL Anthropology


Marie-Annick Moreau

Dr Marie-Annick Moreau

Teaching Fellow in Environmental Anthropology / Human Ecology

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Room: 231

PhD Anthropology, UCL
MSc Geography, McGill University
BSc Biology, McGill University


I have an interdisciplinary background in the natural and social sciences, which I apply towards understanding how the rural poor depend on aquatic resources for their well-being. I gained my PhD in Anthropology from UCL in 2014, as a member of the Human Ecology Research Group. My thesis examined the food and economic contributions made by small-scale fisheries to households on Tanzania’s Rufiji River floodplain, and explored historical and current challenges to community-based fisheries management there.

My interest in aquatic resources, rural livelihoods and conservation is long-standing, developed through earlier research on the aquarium fish trade in the Peruvian Amazon and Indonesia, and positions at the UNEP-Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, and the marine conservation NGO Project Seahorse.

I joined UCL as a Teaching Fellow in December 2018, and am part of the Human Ecology Research Group.

Research Interests

Through the lens of small-scale fisheries, I am interested in topics related to:

  • sustainable livelihoods and rural poverty
  • biodiversity for food and nutrition
  • informal markets and trade
  • community-based natural resource management
  • promoting equity and welfare goals in fisheries policy
  • threats to inland and coastal waters

Selected Publications

Moreau, M-A and CJ Garaway. (2018). “Fish rescue us from hunger”: The contribution of aquatic resources to household food security on the Rufiji River floodplain, Tanzania, East Africa. Human Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10745-018-0030-y 

Moreau, M-A and OT Coomes. (2008). Structure and organisation of a small-scale fishery: aquarium fish collection in western Amazonia. Human Ecology 36(3):309-323 doi:10.1007/s10745-008-9160-y

Moreau, M-A and OT Coomes. (2007). Aquarium fish exploitation in western Amazonia: conservation issues in Peru. Environmental Conservation 34(1):12-22. doi:10.1017/S0376892907003566

Moreau, M-A and OT Coomes. (2006). Potential threat of the international aquarium fish trade to silver arawana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum) in the Peruvian Amazon. Oryx 40(2): 152-160. doi:10.1017/S0030605306000603

Lunn, KE and M-A Moreau. (2004). Unmonitored trade in marine ornamental fishes: The case of Indonesia’s Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni). Coral Reefs 23(3): 344-351. doi:10.1007/s00338-004-0393-y