Michele Barnes

University of Hawaii/ James Cook University
Phone: +61 7 4781 6328

UntitledMichele grew up poking around tide pools on the California coast. She completed her PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management and a graduate certificate program in Ocean Policy at the University of Hawaii in 2015. Her dissertation work investigated the effect of resource user’s social networks and social capital on ecological and economic outcomes, and their implications for sustainable resource management in Hawaii’s longline fishery.

Michele previously worked as a research specialist in the Socioeconomics and Planning Group at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu, and held adjunct appointments at Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Hawaii, where she taught an upper division course on the human dimensions of marine and coastal systems. After graduating with her PhD, Michele was awarded a U.S. National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and has joined the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies as a visiting scholar. Her current research spans the developed-developing world divide and has an applied, quantitative focus, drawing on methods and theories from sociology and economics to develop a better understanding of human behavior and associated outcomes in marine social-ecological systems.

Pip Cohen

James Cook University
Phone: +61 7 4781 3197

Pip is from Tasmania where she completed her undergrad, honours and first three years of her career in fisheries research. Pip then escaped the cold of Tassie to the tropical Pacific – Tonga, Fiji and then Solomon Islands. Pip lived and worked in the Pacific for the next 5 years as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, a consultant on a fisheries and development project and then a coordinator for a regional knowledge management project. In 2013 Pip completed her PhD at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.  Pip is now employed as a scientist for WorldFish, and is based at the Centre.  Pip’s research focuses on understanding community-based fisheries management for improving food security in the Pacific.

David Mills

James Cook University
Phone: +61 7 4781 6747

Starting his research career as crustacean ecologist at the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, in 2006 David took a leap into the world of fisheries and development. Based at WorldFish Center headquarters in Penang, Malaysia from 2006 until early 2011, he worked on diverse projects relating to fisheries information systems, governance, fisheries and food security, and aquaculture development. He has worked on projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana and Solomon Islands. David is a visiting scholar at the Centre, and has a degree in Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology (1988 – 1992) and a PhD in fisheries ecology (2001-2005) from the University of Tasmania.



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