People

Joshua Stoll, Assistant Professor

My research focuses on the human dimensions of marine systems and how social-ecological dynamics shape and are shaped by formal and informal institutions. My work aims to be directly relevant to coastal communities and policymakers in Maine and beyond, while also advancing our broader understanding of the concepts of resilience, adaptation, and transformation. I have sought to position myself to engage in this area of work by way of actively participating in different dimensions of fisheries as opposed to being a passive bystander. Through this process, I have had the opportunity to spend multiple seasons as a sternman hauling lobster traps off the coast of Maine; working at a federal salmon hatchery on the Columbia River in Washington State; and being a policy analyst in NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Policy. I have also had the privilege of working with fishermen around the world to develop community-based seafood marketing arrangements and help run Local Catch Network, an international network of fishermen, researchers, and non-profits engaged in market transformation. These types of direct engagement help to inform my research and are conversely informed by my research in an ongoing and iterative process.

Melissa Britsch, Graduate Student

I have an Honors Bachelor’s of Science in biology with a concentration in marine biology from Oregon State University (2017). I am in the dual Masters degree program in Marine Biology and Marine Policy at UMaine and I am interested in studying coastal resilience and the relationships between humans and the environment. I am especially interested in aquaculture policy and how it will affect the potential for aquaculture to increase the resilience of coastal communities. Melissa is jointly advised by Heather Leslie.

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.

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 Assistant
Ellie Oldach: Research Fellow
Taylor Witkin: Research Assistant
Colin Eimers: Professional Science Masters
Jaelee Vanidestine: Professional Science Masters
Emily Farr: Research Fellow