Ash Enrici is a postdoctoral fellow working with Professor Gruby to investigate the role of philanthropies in environmental governance.  Their research focuses on how changes in funding affect marine conservation landscapes in both Fiji and Palau. Ash’s prior research has looked at the intersection of humans and the natural world across different landscapes and scales. Her projects have included work in both marine and terrestrial landscapes on topics of environmental justice, ecosystem-based management, participatory approaches and payment for ecosystem services. Ash has a Master’s in Applied Anthropology and a PhD in Geographical Sciences, both from the University of Maryland.  In her free time Ash explores the ocean as a free diver, and has been a certified instructor of freediving since 2015. Contact:

Leslie Acton is an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow, working with Professor Gruby to investigate the changing roles of state and non-state actors in large marine protected area (LMPA) governance. Their research focuses on the Papahānaumokuākea MarineNational Monument in Hawaii and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. In 2017, Leslie earned a PhD in Marine Science and Conservation at Duke University. Her dissertation research examined territorial negotiations over ocean space in Bermuda and the Sargasso Sea.  Leslie holds a Masters in Environmental Management, with a concentration in Coastal Environmental Management, from Duke University, as well as a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Leslie is broadly interested in global oceans governance and draws on political ecology and common-pool resource theory to examine how political and social processes related to oceans governance play out across space and scale. Contact:

Elodie Le Cornu is a PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, working with Dr. Rebecca Gruby. Her research will focus on small-scale fishing governance. She is a French native and earned a Bachelor’s degree in three languages (English, Spanish and Chinese) applied tolaw, policy and economics and a Master’s degree in Ocean and Coastal Engineering and Management from the University of Paul Valery-Montpellier III. Prior to starting a PhD, she worked for five years at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University where she studied coupled human-natural systems as a way to inform policies and solve issues facing the oceans and coastal communities. In her spare time, Elodie enjoys doing multiple types of art, including painting, photography and videography. She also enjoys traveling and the outdoors (fishing, hiking, sailing, etc.). Contact:

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Keith Carlisle earned his PhD in 2018, working with Professor Gruby on a study of the governance of small-scale fishing in Palau. In connection with this project, Keith conducted qualitative research in the two northernmost states of Palau. He has also performed a bioeconomic analysis of fisheries for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and he has published research related to multi-national projects to restore large marine ecosystems. Prior to matriculating at CSU, Keith served as legal counsel for the Koror State Legislature in Palau, and he practiced corporate and compliance law in New York for 15 years. Keith’s research interests include environmental governance, legal pluralism, fishery management, and ecosystem-based management. He is currently working as a Human Dimensions of Wildlife Specialist at the USDA National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, CO.

Katie Wilson earned her Master of Science in 2018. Her thesis focused on the human dimensions of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, a very large marine protected area in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. Katie earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Idaho State University, where she gained experience as an undergraduate research assistant studying the impacts of proposed oil and gas development in Bristol Bay, Alaska. She has previously worked in international and environmental education, leading students in conservation and restoration projects throughout the US. She is currently a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow working in the Illinois Coastal Management Program.