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.

Beyond thrilled to officially welcome @CALobsterLady to our research team. She is co-leading our work on social indicators in the #Maine #lobster fishery in collaboration with @MaineDMR @mainelobstermen @mccfisheries.

Our new paper in Ambio @SpringerNature explores the concept of "raceways" (Rapid Adaptation to Crisis Event pathways) to help make sense of how & why a system is able to respond to a shock. https://bit.ly/3kdaLiO EOldach, @UnderusedFish, KReardon, @davelove1, @PaxPintodaSilva

Today we launched the 3rd version of our local seafood finder -- SO amazing to see how much the Local Catch Network has grown in the 10 years since we started to talk about strengthening local and regional seafood systems. https://finder.localcatch.org/

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Research

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.

Publications

Stoll, J. S., et al. “Alternative seafood networks during COVID-19: Implications for resilience and sustainability.” Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 5 (2021): 97.
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.

People

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.