Dr. Elena Finkbeiner, Conservation International
Monday, May 6, 2:00-3:00 PM, 041 Haldeman at Dartmouth College
Faculty host: Michael Cox
Title and abstract to follow.
Bio: My research explores how social-ecological systems can self-organize and adapt and respond to change, and seeks to identify governance approaches that can achieve both environmental sustainability and human well-being. My research also examines how resilience manifests at multiple scales of organization due to distribution, equity, and power dynamics. I study these processes in the context of small-scale fisheries in Mexico. In particular, my doctoral research examined how diversification can increase fishers’ capacity to respond and adapt to change and disturbance, and the institutional mechanisms that enable fishers to access the environment. I also looked at how diversification in small-scale fisheries may impact the local marine environment. I use interdisciplinary science and a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods to answer these system-level questions, including surveys, interviews, analysis of official fisheries catch data, and game theory experiments. I think it is important to understand how we can increase social and ecological resilience considering the increasing uncertainties and threats that global small-scale fisheries face.