Elena M. FinkbeinerElena_funPic

CI-ASU-Nereus Postdoc Fellow in Sustainable Fisheries AND
Center for Ocean Solutions Early Career Fellow
99 Pacific Street, Suite 555E
Monterey, CA


Ph.D., Biology, Stanford University
M.E.M., Coastal Environmental Management, Duke University
B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz


Research Interests:

Ø  Self-organization, resilience, and adaptive capacity in social-ecological systems

Ø  Small-scale fisheries governance

Ø  Role of diversification in fisheries

Ø  Environmental entitlements and access

Ø  Solution-based science

Ø  Human rights and social justice considerations in natural resource management and conservation

In general, my research explores how social-ecological systems can adapt and respond to change, and seeks to identify resource management and conservation approaches that can achieve both environmental sustainability and human wellbeing.  I use small-scale fisheries as my social-ecological study system, given their importance for global livelihood and food security, culture, and ecological sustainability. I draw from ecology, political science, anthropology, and economics, and use  a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including ethnographic techniques, analysis of fisheries catch data, and behavioral economic experiments. I think it is important to use applied,interdisciplinary science to improve our understanding of how we can increase both social wellbeing and ecological sustainability in the face of increasing uncertainties and threats that global fisheries face.

Curriculum Vitae


Kittinger, J. N., L. Teh, E. Allison, N.J. Bennett, E.M. Finkbeiner, C.G. Scarton, K. Nakamura, Y. Ota, J. Young, L.B. Crowder, et al. (2017) Committing to Socially Responsible Seafood. Science 356(6341): 912-913.

Finkbeiner, E.M., K.L. Oleson, J.N. Kittinger (2017) Social resilience in the Anthropocene ocean. In, (eds. P.S. Levin and M.R. Poe) Conservation for the Anthropocene Ocean: Interdisciplinary Science in Support of People and Nature. Academic Press.

Bennett, N.J., L. Teh, Y. Ota, P. Christie, A. Ayers, J. Day, P. Franks, D. Gill, R. Gruby, J. Kittinger, Z. Koehn, N. Lewis, J. Parks, M. Vierros, T. Whitty, A. Wilhelm, K. Wright, J. Aburto, E.M. Finkbeiner, C. Gaymer, H. Govan, N. Gray, R. Jarvis, M. Kaplan-Hallam, & T. Satterfield (2017) An appeal for a code of conduct for marine conservation. Marine Policy 81: 411-418.

Whitney, C.K., N.J. Bennett, N. Ban, E. Allison, D. Armitage, J. Blythe, J.M. Burt, W. Cheung, E. Finkbeiner, M. Kaplan-Hallam, I. Perry, N.J. Turner, L. Yumagulova (2017) Adaptive capacity: from assessment to action in coastal social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society 22(2).

Finkbeiner, E.M., T.H. Frawley, S.H. Peckham, L.B. Crowder (2017) Unintended consequences of conservation action: impacts on protected species and fishing communities of Pacific Mexico. SAMUDRA 75.

Finkbeiner, E.M., A. Ayers, J.N. Kittinger, L.B. Crowder (2015) A comparison of small-scale fisheries governability: Baja California Sur, Mexico and the Hawaiian Islands. In, (eds. S. Jentoft and R. Chuenpagdee) Interactive Governance for Small-scale fisheries. MARE Publication Series 13. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.

Leslie, H., M. Nenadovic, X. Basurto, L. Sievanen, O. Aburto-Oropeza, K.C. Cavanaugh, J.J. Cota-Nieto, B.E. Erisman, E.M. Finkbeiner, G. Hinojosa-Arango, M. Moreno-Baez, S. Nagavarapu, S.M.W. Reddy, A. Sánchez-Rodríguez, K. Siegel, J.J. Ulibarria-Valenzuela, A.H. Weaver (2015) Operationalizing the social-ecological systems framework to assess sustainability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 112(19): 5979-5984.

Finkbeiner, E.M. (2015) The role of diversification in dynamic small-scale fisheries: lessons from Baja California Sur, Mexico. Global Environmental Change 32: 139-152.

Aguilera, S., J. Cole, E.M. Finkbeiner, E. Le Cornu, N.C. Ban, M.H. Carr, J.E. Cinner, L.B. Crowder, S. Gelcich, C.C. Hicks, J.N. Kittinger, R. Martone, D. Malone, C. Pomeroy, R.M. Starr, S. Seram, R. Zuercher, K. Broad. (2015) Managing small-scale commercial fisheries for adaptive capacity: Insights from dynamic social-ecological drivers of change in Monterey Bay. PLOS ONE.

Finkbeiner, E.M., X. Basurto (2015) Redefining co-management to facilitate small-scale fisheries reform: An illustration from northwest Mexico. Marine Policy 51:433-441.

Kittinger, J.N., J.Z. Koehn, E. Le Cornu, N.C. Ban, M. Gopnik, M. Armsby, C. Brooks, M.H. Carr, J.E. Cinner, A. Cravens, M. D’Iorio, A. Erickson, E.M. Finkbeiner, M.M. Foley, R. Fujita, S. Gelcich, K. St. Martin, E. Prahler, D.R. Reineman, J. Shackeroff, C. White, M.R. Caldwell, L.B. Crowder (2014) A practical approach for putting people into ecosystem-based ocean planning. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(8): 448-456.

Le Cornu, E., J.N. Kittinger, J.Z. Koehn, E.M. Finkbeiner, L.B. Crowder (2014) Current practice and future prospects for social data in coastal and ocean planning. Conservation Biology 28(4): 902-911.

Kittinger, J.N., E.M. Finkbeiner, N.C. Ban, K. Broad, M.H. Carr, J.E. Cinner, S. Gelcich, M.L. Cornwell, J.Z. Koehn, X. Basurto, R. Fujita, M.R. Caldwell, L.B. Crowder. (2013) Emerging frontiers in social-ecological systems research for sustainability of small-scale fisheries. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5(3): 352-357.

Kittinger, J.N., E.M. Finkbeiner, E.W. Glazier, and L.B. Crowder. (2012) Human dimensions of coral reef social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society 17(4): 17.

Wallace, B.P., A.D. DiMatteo, A.B. Bolten, M.Y. Chaloupka, B.J. Hutchinson, F.A. Abreu-Grobois, J.A. Mortimer, J.A. Seminoff, D. Amorocho, K.A. Bjorndal, J. Bourjea, B.W. Bowen, R. Briseño Dueñas, P. Casale, B.C. Choudhury, A. Costa, P.H. Dutton, A. Fallabrino, E.M. Finkbeiner, A. Girard, M. Girondot, M. Hamann, B.J. Hurley, M. Lopez-Mendilaharsu, M.A. Marcovaldi, J.A. Musick, R. Nel, N.J. Pilcher, S. Troëng, B. Witherington, R.B. Mast. (2011) Global conservation priorities for marine turtles. PLoS ONE 6(9):e24510. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024510.

Finkbeiner, E.M., B.P. Wallace, J.E. Moore, R.L. Lewison, L.B. Crowder. (2011) Cumulative estimates of sea turtle bycatch and mortality in U.S.A. fisheries between 1990-2007. Biological Conservation 144: 2719-2727.

Wallace, B.P., R.L. Lewison, S.L. McDonald, R.K. McDonald, C.Y. Kot, S. Kelez, R.K. Bjorkland, E.M. Finkbeiner, S. Helmbrecht, L.B. Crowder (2010) Global patterns of marine turtle bycatch. Conservation Letters 3(3): 131-142.

Wallace, B.P., A.D. DiMatteo, B.J. Hurley, E.M. Finkbeiner, A.B. Bolten, M.Y. Chaloupka, B.J. Hutchinson, F.A. Abreu-Grobois, D. Amorocho, K.A. Bjorndal, J. Bourjea, B.W. Bowen, R. Briseno-Duenas, P. Casale, B.C. Choudhury, A. Costa, P.H. Dutton, A. Fallabrino, A. Girard, M. Girondot, M.H. Godfrey, M. Hamann, M. Lopez-Mendilaharsu, M.A. Marcovaldi, J.A. Mortimer, J.A. Musick, R. Nel, N.J. Pilcher, J.A. Seminoff, S. Troeng, B. Witherington, R.B. Mast (2010) Regional management units for marine turtles: a novel framework for prioritizing conservation and research across multiple scales. PLoS ONE 5(12):e15465. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015465.