Dr. Grant Murray
As a marine social scientist, my lab's principal objective is to continue to lead and participate in theoretically-informed, problem-oriented and community-relevant research projects that effectively mobilize knowledge in several focal areas, including: 1) the relationships between protected areas and adjacent communities; 2) seafood production systems; and 3) the relationships between local ecological knowledge, science, and social-ecological change. In my work I draw on theoretical insights specific to these three areas, but also cross-cutting theory and concepts drawn from sociology, anthropology and geography including political ecology, local/traditional ecological knowledge, and well a bundle of allied concepts that help frame our thinking about social impacts and dynamics, including values, well-being, and poverty.
Current researchers and doctoral students
Dr. Luke Fairbanks, Duke University Marine Lab
Luke Fairbanks is a human geographer and environmental social scientist based in Beaufort, North Carolina, where he is a Research Scientist at the Duke University Marine Lab. His research explores human-environment interactions, focusing on ocean and coastal spaces, resources, governance, and policies. His primary work explores the broad range of values and attitudes people associate with seafood production in North Carolina. His other research explores the human dimensions of large marine protected areas, critical perspectives on marine spatial planning in the United States, and the development of US marine aquaculture policy.
Dana Baker, Duke University Marine Lab
Dana’s interest lies in science-based approaches to biodiversity conservation driven, and supported, by the local community. Her academic and professional focus is driven by a passion for ocean conservation, ecosystem restoration, and sustainable community development. Her doctoral research is focused on understanding the governance of protected areas and modes of community-based conservation. Before starting her doctorate degree, she received a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and spent three years serving with the United States Peace Corps in Tanzania.
Julia Bingham, Duke University Marine Lab
Julia studied Marine Biology as an undergraduate at Oregon State University, specializing in rocky intertidal trophic ecology. She spent several years conducting applied intertidal research, working with fishers and managers along the Oregon coastline to use biological data and stakeholder goals to develop sustainable strategies in an emerging gooseneck barnacle fishery. Through that work, Julia began studying the nexus of human social systems and coastal ecosystems. She is interested in understanding variations of social, cultural, and governance contexts in rural, fishery-dependent coastal communities.
Saul Milne, University of Victoria
Saul Milne is from the Village of Cheam, a member of the Pilalt Tribe. He has worked in the field of natural resource management for 15 years, largely focusing on the resource/state/indigenous peoples nexus. He is interested in the intersection of protracted, social and ethnic based conflict and natural resource co-management and in developing strategies and approaches to the elimination of distributional inequities and structural violence. Saul is conducting his research on fisheries management and political ontologies in collaboration with the Tla-o-qui-aht, on Vancouver Island's west coast. In addition to pursuing his doctoral studies in Geography, Saul specializes in group facilitation that takes him across Canada to work with indigenous groups and fisheries.
greg Duggan, University of Cape Town
With a background in Social Anthropology, Greg has a keen interest in combining interdisciplinary thinking with participatory action research in marine social-ecological systems. His PhD research since 2015 has focused on the traditional commercial linefishery of the southern Cape coastal region of South Africa. Working with linefishers, community members, as well as teachers and learners in rural, underprivileged schools, the work has focused on the co-development of strategies to understand and address pressing local social-ecological challenges.
Michele Patterson, University of Victoria
Michele is a Professor in Vancouver Island University’s Geography Department, and a PhD Candidate in Geography at the University of Victoria. She is exploring social-cultural characteristics found along the value chain in the BC salmon farming sector. Before beginning an academic career in 2012, Michele was involved in resource management, community economic development and conservation in British Columbia for over 25 years including as a Director with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada.
Chelsea Boaler, Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
Chelsea Boaler is the first PhD student accepted into the Fisheries Science program at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. She will be involved with integrating multiple knowledge types to better understand capelin dynamics in Canadian North Atlantic waters under the co-supervision of Drs. Marie Clément and Grant Murray. Chelsea will be working closely with fishing and Indigenous communities along the North and South Shores of Labrador and the Quebec Lower North Shore region to better understand changing capelin dynamics.
Rachelle BEVERidge, University of Victoria
Rachelle lives on a farm in Bella Coola, BC, where she moved to complete her PhD fieldwork with the Nuxalk Nation’s Stewardship Office. Since then, she has helped to coordinate an extensive community-engaged project documenting Nuxalk knowledge about eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus), a locally-extirpated anadromous smelt with great cultural and ecological significance. Rachelle’s PhD research reflects on the project process and product, and the relationships between eulachon, local stewardship, and community well-being.
Current Masters Students
Nick Becker, Duke university, cem
Nick is from Lafayette, Louisiana and is a career fishing guide fishing for Blue Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna in the Gulf of Mexico. He is interested in fisheries management and policy of highly migratory species. His Master’s Project involves looking at size limits on killed Blue Marlin in Blue Marlin tournaments to determine the effects of changing size limits from an economic, biological, and social standpoint.
Whitney Roberts, Duke university, cem
Whitney is interested in developing sustainable aquaculture policies at the national level. Her Master's Project focuses on using qualitative analyses to better understand the perceptions, values, and concerns associated with shellfish mariculture in coastal North Carolina. In furthering her professional experience, she also hope to facilitate more climate resilient fisheries and aquaculture through both policy and innovative, private collaboration.
Past Lab Members: Phds and Post-Doctoral researchers
Dr. Andrew Agyare
Andrew Kyei Agyare (PhD) holds a Research Masters Degree in socioeconomic information for natural resources management from the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences, (ITC) Enschede, the Netherlands and a PhD degree in Geography, University of Victoria, B.C. Canada (2013). Andrew championed incorporation of community conservation into Ghanaian Protected Area Management systems generally and currently leads Ghana’s growing Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) program.
Currently: Operations Manager and co-head of the Collaborative Resource Management Unit within the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission of Ghana.
Dr. Jessica Blythe
Jessica works at the intersection between the land and the sea, between resilience thinking and critical social theory, and I am fascinated by how communities respond to change. Drawing on theories from human geography, resilience, and common pool resources, she aims to make space for local voices to contribute to conversations about natural resource management in order to build systems that foster the capacity for both ecological sustainability and social equality. Jessica received her PhD in Geograph from the University of Victoria in 2013, then took a PDF position at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, in collaboration with WorldFish.
Currently: SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Waterloo
Dr. Carleigh Randall, 2012-2014. Post doctoral Fellow. Vancouver Island University.
Currently: Professor at Vancouver Island University.
Dr. Linda D’Anna, 2010-2013. Post doctoral fellow. Vancouver Island University.
Currently: Research Associate at UNC Coastal Studies Institute.
Dr. Patricia MacDonald, 2013. postdoctoral fellow. Vancouver Island University
CURREntlY: Lecturer, University of Waterloo, Canada.