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.

The Lobster Institute is hosting its 16th Annual Canada-US Lobster Town Hall Meeting in Muncton, New Brunswick in late January. Mix with the who's-who of the lobster universe. Register today: https://umaine.edu/lobsterinstitute/ @UMaine @mccfisheries @Maine_Sea_Grant

Date: December 30, 2019
Air temperature: 24 degrees (-4 C)
Location: Coastal Maine

Maine has a winter dive fishery for green sea urchins #sushi. The average age of participants in this #SSF is 54 and only 1 person is over 64. Will 2020 mark the fishery's last decade?

Congratulations to Marina Cucuzza for her first peer-reviewed publication @umaine @hleslie_umaine! An interesting study exploring the role of comprehensive planning in driving resilience in Maine: https://bit.ly/34NPul0

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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.