Our research focuses on the human dimensions of marine systems and how social-ecological dynamics shape and are shaped by formal and informal institutions.

Our research focuses on the human dimensions of marine systems and how social-ecological dynamics shape and are shaped by formal and informal institutions.

I just received my 7th reminder to review an article (this time with "urgent" in the title and stars for emphasis). I accepted the invitation 19 days ago AND have already spent multiple hours working on it. Note to editors: please check your journal's nagging etiquette.

Many thanks to @Tim4Food for organizing a great session today on consumer demand for local/regional food during COVID-19 at the National Ag Marketing Summit with Hailey Edmondson and Jarius Rossi @USDA_AMS

Excited to welcome Melissa Britsch to our team as a #seafood systems data analyst. Melissa earned masters degrees in biology and marine policy @UMaineDMC and is part of our fabulous team working on community-based seafood systems w/ @CALobsterLady @AdvaniSahir, Jordan Richardson

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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 that fit within three broad themes:

Coastal Community Adaptation and Resilience: How and why are communities adapting to systemic changes? What strategies enable (disable) the equitable distribution of resources? What are the cumulative impacts of socioeconomic and environmental change on communities’ adaptive capacity?

Seafood Systems and Community Well-being:  What happens to seafood when it enters the market (aka unpacking the black box)? What role does seafood trade and distribution play in fostering coastal community health and well-being? How can seafood distribution foster resilience and strengthen local and regional food systems? As part of this work our team leads the Local Catch Network.

Ocean and Coastal Governance: How does governance shape coastal communities’ access to and engagement with marine resources? What forms of policy facilitate collaboration and empower local peoples?


Britsch, Melissa L., Heather M. Leslie, and Joshua S. Stoll. “Diverse perspectives on aquaculture development in Maine.” Marine Policy 131 (2021): 104697.
Stoll, J. S., et al. “Alternative seafood networks during COVID-19: Implications for resilience and sustainability.” Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 5 (2021): 97.
Cucuzza, Marina, Joshua S. Stoll, and Heather M. Leslie. “Evaluating the theoretical and practical linkages between ecosystem-based fisheries management and fisheries co-management.” Marine Policy 126 (2021): 104390.
Campbell, L. M., et al. “From Blue Economy to Blue Communities: reorienting aquaculture expansion for community wellbeing.” Marine Policy 124 (2021): 104361
Love, D. C., et al. “Risks Shift Along Seafood Supply Chains.” Global Food Security 28 (2021): 100476.


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. We also work in many other parts of the United States and, increasingly, around the world.

If you are interested in exploring ways to collaborate or have ideas and/or feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out: joshua.stoll@maine.edu.