Bio


Josheena is a doctoral candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER). She researches the most pressing marine governance issues in small island states focusing on the Western Indian Ocean, and particularly her home country, the Republic of Mauritius. She has most recently worked on assessing the compounding social impacts of COVID-19 and the 2020 Wakashio oil spill disaster on coastal communities in Mauritius. Her doctoral work is situated at the nexus of political ecology and marine policy and focuses on adaptive management of marine protected areas (MPAs), community inclusion, and the valorization of natural and cultural heritage in marine governance. Josheena’s community-based scholarship explores the complexities of local environmental stewardship efforts and environmental identity in a post-colonial context.

Prior to coming to Stanford, she worked as a program manager for a marine conservation NGO in Mauritius, where she spearheaded several environmental awareness campaigns, including a marine Eco-Guide certification program for tourist operators around a marine park, and was actively involved in the first national closure of octopus fisheries, a pioneering initiative led by multiple stakeholder groups. She is motivated to pursue her current research because of her personal connections in her communities of study.

Honors & Awards


  • Graduate Public Service Fellowship, Haas Center for Public Service and the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Stanford University (July 2019)
  • Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Doctoral Fellowship, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Stanford University (September 2017)

Stanford Advisors


Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Josheena is a doctoral candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) at Stanford University. She researches the most pressing marine governance issues in small island states currently facing climate change impacts, with a focus on the Western Indian Ocean, and particularly her home country, the Republic of Mauritius. She has most recently worked on assessing the social impacts of COVID-19 and the 2020 Wakashio oil spill disaster on coastal communities in Mauritius. Her doctoral work is situated at the nexus of political ecology and marine policy and focuses on adaptive management of marine protected areas (MPAs), community inclusion, and the valorization of natural and cultural heritage in marine resource management. Josheena’s community-based scholarship explores the complexities of local environmental stewardship efforts and environmental identity in a post-colonial context.

Prior to coming to Stanford, she worked as a program manager for a marine conservation NGO in Mauritius, where she spearheaded several environmental awareness campaigns, including a marine Eco-Guide certification program for tourist operators around a marine park, and was actively involved in the first national closure of octopus fisheries, a pioneering initiative led by multiple stakeholder groups. She is motivated to pursue her current research because of her personal connections in her communities of study.

Lab Affiliations


All Publications


  • Rare coral and reef fish species status, possible extinctions, and associated environmental perceptions in Mauritius CONSERVATION SCIENCE AND PRACTICE McClanahan, T., Munbodhe, V., Naggea, J., Muthiga, N., Bhagooli, R. 2021

    View details for DOI 10.1111/csp2.527

    View details for Web of Science ID 000692686300001

  • Biodiversity needs every tool in the box: use OECMs Comment NATURE Gurney, G. G., Darling, E. S., Ahmadia, G. N., Agostini, V. N., Ban, N. C., Blythe, J., Claudet, J., Epstein, G., Estradivari, Himes-Cornell, A., Jonas, H. D., Armitage, D., Campbell, S. J., Cox, C., Friedman, W. R., Gill, D., Lestari, P., Mangubhai, S., McLeod, E., Muthiga, N. A., Naggea, J., Ranaivoson, R., Wenger, A., Yulianto, I., Jupiter, S. D. 2021; 595 (7869): 646-649

    View details for Web of Science ID 000677754600003

    View details for PubMedID 34312552

  • How adaptive capacity shapes the Adapt, React, Cope response to climate impacts: insights from small-scale fisheries CLIMATIC CHANGE Green, K. M., Selgrath, J. C., Frawley, T. H., Oestreich, W. K., Mansfield, E. J., Urteaga, J., Swanson, S. S., Santana, F. N., Green, S. J., Naggea, J., Crowder, L. B. 2021; 164 (1-2)
  • The impact of environmental change on small-scale fishing communities: moving beyond adaptive capacity to community response PREDICTING FUTURE OCEANS: SUSTAINABILITY OF OCEAN AND HUMAN SYSTEMS AMIDST GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE Oestreich, W. K., Frawley, T. H., Mansfield, E. J., Green, K. M., Green, S. J., Naggea, J., Selgrath, J. C., Swanson, S. S., Urteaga, J., White, T. D., Crowder, L. B., CisnerosMontemayor, A. M., Cheung, W. W., Ota, Y. 2019: 271–82