Susan Abbott-Jamieson is Lead Social Scientist
at NOAA Fisheries Headquarters, Office of Science and Technology,
and Adjunct Professor
of Anthropology, University of Maryland. Her research specializations
are in psychological anthropology, community studies, and family
and household. She has done field research among East African
farmer families coping with economic, social, and cultural change,
and Appalachian Kentucky coal mining families coping with structural
unemployment due to technological changes in mining and natural
resource depletion. As Lead Social Scientist, she is guiding
the development of the emerging NOAA Fisheries social science
program. The program will improve the agency's ability to meet
its mission-related social science research requirements. Susan
is the Senior Project Manager of the Local Fisheries Knowledge
James Acheson is Professor of Anthropology and Marine Sciences
at the University of Maine. A noted expert in fisheries social
science, he has done extensive fieldwork in fishing communities
in Maine on the social science aspects of fisheries management.
He has written several books including The Lobster Gangs of
Maine and Capturing the Commons.
Ordman “Skipper” Alley,
Ordman Alley, Jr. (nickname Skip) is a local lobsterman
and lifelong resident of Beals, Maine. He graduated in the
ten of his class from Jonesport-Beals High School in 1986.
school he was a member of the National Honor Society
as well as an athlete who played varsity soccer, baseball,
and basketball. Skip went on to earn his bachelor’s
degree in Marketing / Management and continued to play
at the college level. Currently, he is married with three
children and is an active community member. He has been
a T-ball coach
for three years, a Little League coach for one year,
a Boy Scout
leader for six years, and a member of the School Board
for seven years. Skip owns his own 35-foot lobster boat,
Matt', and a full gang of wire traps. He also owns a
lobster pound with his father.
Ted Ames is a lobster fisherman and former groundfisherman from
Stonington, Maine. In winter, he is a researcher of historical
fisheries ecology, compiling fishermen's ecological knowledge
(FEK) and ground-proofing it with fisheries science. He has published
several works in this field, including a recent article in Fisheries, "The
Stock Structure of Atlantic Cod in the Gulf of Maine" (Vol.
29, No. 1, 2004). Ted has a Masters in Biochemistry from the
University of Maine and is a former teacher. He chairs the Penobscot
East Resource Center, is a member of Stonington Fisheries Alliance,
Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), and is presently vice
chair of the Deer Isle-Stonington, ME school board. He is also
former executive director of the Maine Gillnetters Association
and for many years was a reviewer of Saltonstall-Kennedy research
proposals, a groundfish adviser to the New England Fisheries
Management Council and a past member of various legislative committees
involving Maine fisheries.
Julie Bartsch is an education consultant, providing training
and technical assistance to a number of educational organizations.
She currently works with the Rural School and Community Trust
as a Regional Steward in the Northeast. Julie has served
in a number of roles in public education: teacher, K-12 administrator,
college faculty/administrator, school board member, and consultant.
Her career in education has focused on her commitment to
partnerships between K-12 schools, higher education institutions
and community, including creating the National Institute
for School/Community Collaboration while a Fellow at Tufts
Julie holds advanced graduate degrees in management and education
form Lesley University and the Harvard School of Education.
at the Harvard School of Education, she worked on the development
of a School Leadership Academy and an annual institute on “Innovations
in Literacy, Learning and Assessment.” She recently published ”Community
Lessons” - a collection of promising curricular practices
in community and place-based learning.
L. Colburn, Ph.D.
Lisa Colburn received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University
of Connecticut. Lisa is now a Social Scientist for NOAA Fisheries,
Northeast Fisheries Science Center, located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
She has conducted applied research in coastal communities in
New England and Madagascar. Her earlier research included nutritional
practices in Nepal. Lisa is currently writing and reviewing social
impact assessments for fisheries management plans and conducts
basic research on fishing communities in New England. Other research
interests include the importance of social networks in household
and community adaptation to social change (e.g., implementation
of fisheries management regulations).
Jennifer Isé is Project Manager of the
Local Fisheries Knowledge Project and currently works in NOAA
of Policy as a policy analyst. Before joining NOAA Fisheries,
worked for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System,
part of NOAA’s Ocean Service. She has a master’s
degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington. Her
thesis work explored motivations of rural landowners to
adopt conservation-oriented land management practices as
as their attitudes and perceptions about working with government
land conservation programs.
Michael Kimball is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at
the University of Maine-Machias. He received his Ph.D. from the
University of Wisconsin in 1998 His research focuses on prehistoric
maritime fishing societies and cultural change. In addition to
his archaeological investigations, he is also working on contemporary
cultural issues linked to the coastal communities of Washington
County, Maine, where he now lives and teaches.
Virginia D. Nazarea is a Professor of Anthropology at the University
of Georgia and Director of the Ethnoecology/Biodiversity
Laboratory. Her research interests are in the areas of local
and natural resources decision-making, and cultural and
biological diversity. She has done fieldwork in the Philippines,
and Southern USA. Her publications include Local Knowledge
and Agricultural Decision Making in the Philippines: Class, Gender,
and Resistance (1995), Cultural Memory and Biodiversity
and Ethnoecology: Situated Knowledge/Located Lives (ed.,
1999). With her students, she has also published a protocol,
Treasures: Heirloom Plants and Memory Banking (1997 in English, forthcoming
Paul Rago is a fisheries research biologist with NOAA Fisheries
in Woods Hole, Massachusetts where he leads a group on fishery
stock assessment methods. He received his Ph.D. from the University
of Michigan in 1986. Before coming to NOAA Fisheries, he was
Research Coordinator for the Emergency Striped Bass Study for
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Dr. Rago has been actively
involved in the design, implementation, and analysis of a number
of projects involving the use of fishermen's data in stock assessment.
These projects have included studies with the surfclam-ocean
quahog, sea scallop, and monkfish fisheries. In 2000, Dr. Rago
helped organize and chaired an international symposium on the
use of fishermen's information in stock assessment in Brugge,
Belgium for the International Council for the Exploration of
the Sea. Over the past several years, Rago has been actively
involved in a number of training activities for at-sea observers,
graduate students, and fishermen.
Jim Roberts is the Local Project Coordinator, located in Beals,
Maine, for the Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project. He works
with the Rural School and Community Trust and is the Curriculum
Developer for the Washington County Consortium, in Machias, Maine.
Jim is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, School
of Forest Resources. He was born and raised in Eastport, Maine;
the easterly most located city in the U.S. Jim was a classroom
teacher for the past 11 years and then went to work for Maine
Medical Center's Department of Vocational Services. In that capacity
he was involved in collaborative efforts to establish community
/ education partnerships and transition activities for youth
in Hancock and Washington County schools. Prior to his work in
education, Jim was employed as an Atlantic salmon research biologist
and later as an aquaculture site manager in down-east and mid-coast
Jennifer Sepez is an anthropologist at NOAA Fisheries' Alaska
Fisheries Science Center and an affiliate Assistant Professor
of Anthropology at the University of Washington. Previously,
she was an editorial assistant at the Journal of Ethnobiology and has worked on traditional ecological knowledge projects with
the Makah Tribe in Washington, with Zapotec communities in Mexico,
with Aleut and Alutiiq peoples in Alaska. She also spent three
seasons cutting fish at an Alaskan fish processor and three years
conducting commercial fisheries research for the Alaska Department
of Fish and Game.
July 3, 2007
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