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Transdisciplinary Academy in Marine Resource Sustainability

In August 2014, 15 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from around the world descended on OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon for the 2-week Transdisciplinary Academy in Marine Resource Sustainability. Students were accepted through an application process and the attendees came from the east and west coasts of the US, Canada, Panama, and Germany. The two-week workshop was an intense look at various marine fisheries, with boot-camp style lectures in fisheries economics and institutional arrangements and guest lectures on fisheries management, ecology, and economics, as well as a reading by RCN member Kevin Bailey from his recently published book, The Western Flyer, about Steinbeck’s boat and Pacific coast fisheries during the last century.

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We are excited to announce a summer training academy that offers graduate students and early career postdocs an opportunity to learn and practice collaborative, transdisciplinary approaches for addressing problems in marine resource sustainability. For more information about the academy and how to apply, click here.


We are a group of international researchers seeking to bridge the gap among ecologists, mathematicians, social scientists, historians, and resource managers to provide a sound science support system for conservation. Our activities are funded through the National Science Foundation’s Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability activity in the Research Coordination Network (SEES-RCN).

Our scientific goal is integrate basic eco-evolutionary and socioeconomic principles to address the consequences of current and alternative policy practices in large and commercially exploited marine ecosystems. We focus on subarctic marine systems, which are susceptible to climate variability, are highly productive but also intensely exploited, and are under-represented in socio-ecological literature. Our scientific activities are centered on three ecological themes, namely, sequential species, spatial, and demographic depletions.

The educational goal of our network is to train research and management scientists in the interdisciplinary fields of ecology, oceanography, evolution, sociology and conservation. We aim to expose young scientists to the crosscutting disciplines and issues related to sustainability in marine fisheries, and to foster sustained, cross-disciplinary interactions among early and advanced career scientists at national and international institutions.


From left to right: Kenneth Frank, Clint Leach, Esben Moland Olsen, Colleen Webb, Kevin Bailey, Carmel Finley, Lorenzo Ciannelli, Allain Barnett, Marty Anderies, Paulinus Chigbu, Mary Hunsicker, Alan Haynie, Neala Kendall