Director of Science & Strategy, Europe
A conservation ecologist by training, Allison has a BSc from McGill University in Canada, and an MSc and PhD from the University of East Anglia in the UK.
Allison has dedicated her career to tackling the impacts of human pressure on the ocean. As a research scientist, she has studied a wide range of issues, including the exploitation and trade of threatened fish species; population dynamics of exploited fishes; threats to the world’s coral reefs and the vulnerability of countries that depend upon them; fishing inside marine protected areas; and the impacts of climate change on coral reefs, on North Sea fish distributions, and on fishing-dependent countries.
In 2010, Allison joined Oceana in Europe, shifting from studying and documenting marine conservation challenges to using science and other tools to secure policy changes for a healthier, more abundant ocean. She has made significant contributions to Oceana’s achievements across multiple campaigns, leading Oceana’s European campaigns on sharks, and on marine habitat and species protection, and later helping to oversee research and at-sea expeditions that led to proposals for marine protected areas in Atlantic, Baltic, and Mediterranean waters. In 2020, Allison became Director of Science and Strategy in Europe. She is responsible for overseeing scientific planning and deliverables, developing and implementing campaign strategies, and monitoring and assessing the impacts of Oceana’s European campaigns.