Keith Carlisle is a Ph.D. student, 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.
Katie Wilson is a Master of Science Student in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, working with Dr. Rebecca Gruby. Her thesis will focus 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 since worked in international and environmental education, leading students in conservation and restoration projects throughout the US. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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 Marine National 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: Leslie.Acton@colostate.edu