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About James Wilson

My research interests, and to a large extent that of my colleagues in marine policy, can be very simply stated: "How do we build a social environment in which marine resources, especially fisheries, can be sustained?" I’ve found that the answers to that question are anything but simple and are likely to come only through an integration of the social and natural sciences and a thorough understanding of the human environment, i.e., the real people involved. As a result my own work has tended to become strongly interdisciplinary incorporating resource economics, fisheries ecology, anthropology and, lately, political science. An on-going involvement with fishermen and their associations is a deliberate part of this broad research plan.


Present Professor of Marine Sciences, University of Maine School of Marine Sciences

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Contact Information

Phone: (207) 581-4368
203 Libby Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5741