Lora L. Nordtvedt REEVE 

Lora Reeve

Office: Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia    

Degree Program: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 

PhD Thesis Title: To Take Arms against a Sea of Troubles: A New Strategy for the International Management of Anthropogenic Underwater Noise Pollution in Marine Areas beyond National Jurisdiction

Professor Robin Warner, Professor at ANCORS


Presently I am involved in advocacy for the inclusion of human-generated underwater noise regulation into the new instrument for biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction conservation being negotiated in Preparatory Committee meetings at United Nations Headquarters. My background includes service with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Protected Areas, High Seas Task Force and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as work in private industry and under contracts with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As the owner of a small consulting business, I have advised private and government clients on environmental policy issues and projects involving the conservation of marine mammals and marine endangered species in the high seas and along coastal areas. I have also developed graduate curriculum and taught in the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Master’s Program at the University of Hawaii. Prior to attending law school, I conducted scientific field research and laboratory research in marine mammal acoustics and foraging ecology. I am currently an appointed member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law for the period of 2017-2020. I grew up in Hawaii and my home is currently in Hilo on the Big Island. 

Research interests:  

My main research interest is exploring possible avenues under international law for developing global governance to address the effects of anthropogenic underwater noise and other industrial impacts to biological resources in the high seas. I am particularly interested in the intersection of law and science as used to create effective policy.


Kristina M. Gjerde, Lora L. Nordtvedt Reeve, Harriet Harden-Davies, Jeff Ardron, Ryan Dolan, Carole Durussel, Sylvia Earle, Sidney Holt, Jorge A. Jimenez, Peggy Kalas, Dan Laffoley, Nilufer Oral, Richard Page, Marta Chantal Ribeiro, Julien Rochette, Aurelie Spadone, Torsten Thiele, Hannah Tomas, Daniel Wagner, Robin Warner, ‘Aulani Wilhelm and Glen Wright, 'Protecting Earth’s Last Conservation Frontier: Scientific, Management and Legal Priorities for MPAs beyond National Jurisdiction', Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems (forthcoming 2016)

Lora L. Nordtvedt Reeve, Of Whales and Ships:  Impacts on the Great Whales of Underwater Noise Pollution from Commercial Shipping and Proposals for Regulation under International Law, 18 Ocean and Coastal Law Journal 127 (2012). 

Lora L. Nordtvedt Reeve, Anna Rulska-Domino, and Kristina M. Gjerde, The Future of High Seas Marine Protected Areas, in 26 Ocean Yearbook 265 (A. Chircop et al. eds. 2012). 

D. C. Dunn, J. Ardron, N. Ban, N. Bax, P. Bernal, S. Bograd, C. Corrigan, P. Dunstan, E. Game, K. M. Gjerde, H. Grantham, P. N. Halpin, A. L. Harrison, E. Hazen, E. Lagabrielle, B. Lascelles, S. Maxwell, S. McKenna, S. Nicol, E. Norse, D. Palacios, L. Reeve, G. Shillinger, F. Simard, K. Sink, F. Smith, A. Spadone, and M. Würtz, Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas in the Pelagic Realm:  Examples & Guidelines – Workshop Report (D. Dunn ed., IUCN 2011). 

Last reviewed: 8 August, 2017