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Marine Ecology, Economics and Policy

Training the next generation of quantitative marine resource scientists to manage and conserve marine ecosystems in the 21st century



Policy Expertise

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A goal of our program is for students to learn cutting edge quantitative skills and apply them to specific policy problems in order to improve management of the marine environment. Selecting good research questions requires knowledge about how marine policy and regulations are designed and implemented. One of the advantages of coming to Davis to engage in applied quantitative marine research is the extensive policy expertise of the faculty. Below are examples of this experience.

  • Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee for Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, July 9, 2008.
    News Article of Testimony
  • Study of policy options involving increasing the lower size limit in the American lobster fishery for the Maine State Legislature, 1986.
  • Endangered Species Act recovery team for the Sacramento River Winter Run Chinook Salmon, 1995.
  • Study of environmental effects of "tipping" oil rigs off California, instead of removing them, for the California State Legislature, 2001.
  • Study of the consequences of marine reserve designs for the Point Reyes National Seashore, 2003.
  • Science Advisory Team for the implementation of marine protected areas along the California coast, 2001-2002 and 2006-2007.
  • NOAA Science Advisory Board, June 2007-June 2010.
  • NOAA Science Advisory Board, Social Science Working Group, June 2007-June 2008.
  • Science and Technical Panel Expert Committee, Global Environmental Facility (GEF), 2007.
  • International Technical Review Committee, CBD Program of Work on Protected Areas, United Nations Development Program and GEF, 2007-2008.
  • Massachusetts Ocean Partnership Fund, Science and Technical Panel, 2006-2007.
  • National Research Council, Committee to review the U.S. Ocean Research Priorities Plan, 2006-2007.
  • California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative Baseline Science-Management Panel, 2006.
  • National Research Council, Committee on Ecosystem Effects of Fisheries, 2004-2006.
  • National Research Council, Committee on Marine Protected Areas, 2000-2001.
  • Study of the Economic Impacts of Marine Life Protection Act Reserve Proposals for the California Legacy Fund, 2006.
  • Analysis of Stranded Capital in Fisheries for Environmental Defense, 2007.
  • Analysis of Rights Based Systems for Recreational Fisheries for Environmental Defense, 2007.
  • Marine Stewardship Council, Sustainable Fisheries Certification Analysis, 1999-Present.