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.

Each semester I take my marine policy class to the Kennebec River in Maine to go smelt fishing at one of the ice fishing camps on the river. We were scheduled to go tomorrow, but there isn't enough ice. #ClimateChange = bad for fun, education, and the economy!

Was fortunate enough to join Joshua Stoll and my fellow classmates today in visiting the beautiful Maine State House! It was very inspiring to witness the Committee on Marine Resources at work. @sea_the_people #marinepolicy

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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

Cucuzza, M., J. Stoll, H. Leslie. (2019). Comprehensive plans as tools for enhancing coastal community resilience. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.
Stoll, J., M. Bailey, M. Jonell. (2019). Alternative pathways to sustainable seafood. Conservation Letters
Silver, J., S. Stoll. (2019). How do commercial fishing licences relate to access? Fish and Fisheries.
Runnebaum, J., E. Maxwell, J. Stoll, K. Pianka, N. Oppenheim. (2019). Communication, Relationships, and Relatability Influence Stakeholder Perceptions of Credible Science. Fisheries.
Farr, E., J. Stoll, and C. Beitl. (2018). Effects of fisheries management on local ecological knowledge. Ecology and Society.

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.