Our research focuses on the human dimensions of marine systems and how social-ecological dynamics shape and are shaped by formal and informal institutions.
News & Events
Local Catch Network to host 3rd International Summit in Portland, Oregon in October (October 2019)
Roussell: Ocean steward helps develop oyster sorter (May 2019)
Local Catch Network launches webinar series on seafood fraud (January 2019)
Stoll presents research on adaptation, leadership, and fisheries licensing at International Marine Conservation Congress in Malaysia (June 2018)
Farr presents research on fishermen’s local ecological knowledge at the International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans here in DC (June 2018)
Roussell presents research on innovative oyster sorter for small-scale farmers at annual SEANET meeting (May 2018)
We are broadly interested in questions about the design and maintenance of institutions (formal and informal) that support sustainable fisheries and the communities that depend on them. Towards this objective, we work on a range of interdisciplinary research projects related to ecosystem-based fisheries management, seafood distribution and trade, community resilience, risk, and adaptation, and aquaculture.
Our group is engaged in interdisciplinary and applied research related to sustainable fisheries, marine and coastal governance, food systems, and social-ecological dynamics. Our research is informed by real-world engagement with marine resource users, coastal community stakeholders, and policymakers. For this reason, much of our work is based in Maine, where opportunities for regular and ongoing collaboration is most possible. However, we also work in many other parts of the United States and abroad.