Joshua Stoll, Assistant Professor
I am privileged to work with a talented team of students, researchers, and collaborators. Our team focuses on the human dimensions of marine systems and how social-ecological dynamics shape and are shaped by formal and informal institutions. In pursing this work, we aim to engage in issues that are directly relevant to coastal communities and policymakers in Maine and beyond, while also advancing general knowledge about the concepts of resilience, adaptation, and transformation. As the team lead (and our glorified cheerleader), I have sought to position myself to engage in this area of work by actively participating in fisheries: I have spent multiple seasons as a sternman hauling lobster traps off the coast of Maine; worked at a federal salmon hatchery on the Columbia River; served as a policy analyst in NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Policy; and run a small oyster farm. I am also actively engaged in building the Local Catch Network, which is an international network of fishing communities engaged in work to strengthen local and regional seafood systems. These types of direct engagement help to inform my research and are conversely informed by my research in an ongoing and iterative process.
Jordan Richardson, Local Catch Network Coordinator
Food is a common link between people of varied walks of life. This commonality inspired me to obtain a degree in Dietetics and pursue a career in food systems. Over the past 10 years, my understanding of the food supply chain has evolved through my experience working as a nutrition educator, farmer, cooperative co-founder, and sustainability coordinator. Serving in different roles within the food system has provided me with first-hand insight into the challenges and opportunities associated with local and regional food production, processing, distribution, and consumption. As the Coordinator of the Local Catch Network, I focus on identifying and illuminating intersections between terrestrial and seafood systems to strengthen connections between people, food, and producers, with a goal of ensuring the
resilience of local communities and food systems for years to come.
Sahir Advani, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
I am a marine social scientist with an interest in small-scale fisheries, seafood value chains, and their contributions to coastal livelihoods and food security. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Stoll lab, I will be co-leading an assessment of local and direct seafood marketing in the USA. With experience working at Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery and a passion for sustainable and equitable seafood, I look forward to engaging in research with practical benefits for coastal communities and local food systems. I have experience conducting research on industry and scientific perceptions of oyster mass mortalities on the Canadian west coast, the values of multi-cultural small-scale fishing communities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, and marine protected area effectiveness in Egypt. I am also an Adjunct Junior Fellow at Dakshin Foundation, an Indian marine conservation non-profit, and continue to engage in equitable and community-based marine conservation in the Global South.
Theresa Burnham, Research Associate
Inspired by my training as an ecologist and a deep respect for the unique cultures supported by marine fisheries, my current research aims to describe the socioeconomic impact of Maine’s lobster fishery on fishermen and coastal communities. The collaborative American Lobster Fishery Social Indicators Project I co-lead with Josh Stoll is combining local knowledge and spatially explicit economic data to identify meaningful indicators of resilience in the fishery. Beyond this particular project, I am committed to contributing to an inclusive and open academic community that celebrates participation from all. In my free time, I like to make ice cream with ingredients from my garden and spend time on the beach with my family.
Melissa Britsch, Seafood Systems Data Analyst
After finishing my dual Masters degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Policy at
UMaine with Drs. Heather Leslie and Josh Stoll, I stayed on with the Stoll Lab to dive
into research about seafood supply chains. I came to UMaine for the opportunity to
learn about the human dimensions of marine resource use and I am excited to build
on my previous research in marine intertidal ecology, aquaculture, and coastal
community resilience to study where – and how – seafood goes to its final
destinations after it is caught. I want to support natural resource-dependent
communities, and understanding supply chains can help identify ways to diversify
and increase their resilience in the face of climate change and unexpected shocks
like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sarah Risley, Graduate Student
I have a Bachelor’s degree (2013) from Skidmore College in Environmental Studies. For my dual Masters in Marine Biology and Marine Policy at UMaine, I am interested in studying the connections between coastal and estuarine macroinvertebrate communities and human populations. This includes the study of the interactions within marine ecosystems, as well as the impacts of anthropogenic stressors and climate on shellfish fisheries and fishing communities.
Paloma Henriques, Graduate Student
After graduating from the University of Santa Cruz with a BA in 2010, I went to work with Greenpeace as a fundraiser and organizer, and later as a deckhand on their ships. In between ship tours, I lived aboard a 36 foot sailboat, Tupac Amaru, traveling around Europe, Africa and South America by wind. I love the ocean and care about the people who live and work on and around it. I see the climate and environmental crises as human crises and believe the best policies are the ones that come from the affected communities. I’m excited to use science as a tool for social change and to elevate the voices of small scale fishing communities while earning my masters in Marine Policy.
Joelle Kilchenmann, Graduate Student
A graduate of Northeastern University and the Three Seas Program, I am now a first year student pursuing a Master’s in Marine Policy, working to develop research questions at the intersection of environmental sustainability and the wellbeing of coastal communities. As climate change exacerbates existing inequities in resource-dependent communities, I aim to conduct research that prioritizes the perspectives of fishermen and highlights the sociocultural value commercial fishing provides to the state of Maine. When I’m not supporting the fishing industry by snacking on lobster rolls, you can find me in the woods, probably in a hammock – with a book.
Margaret Campbell, Undergraduate
Gabrianne Mcintosh, Undergraduate
Talia Moore, Undergraduate
Isaiah Bedsole, Undergraduate
Krissa Davis, Undergraduate
Former Lab Members
Marina Cucuzza: Dual Masters in Marine Policy and Marine Biology
Bryce Risley: Dual Masters in Marine Policy and Marine Biology
Josephine Roussell: Research Associate
Ellie Oldach: Research Fellow
Taylor Witkin: Research Associate
Colin Eimers: Professional Science Masters
Jaelee Vanidestine: Professional Science Masters
Emily Farr: Research Fellow