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Professor Emerita, Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University

My research interests include: the roles of policy networks and their different underlying knowledge systems in influencing marine policy decisions; the role of key and emerging policy actors, including resource users and members of civil society, in managing marine resources; the assessment and effectiveness of evolving oceans governance regimes in managing marine uses; and ecosystem-based approaches to the management of coastal and marine space and use.

My research spans multiple scales from local to global and includes research in integrated coastal and marine management and regional ocean governance in numerous areas around the world including the Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia and North America. I have also focused on understanding how western and indigenous knowledge systems influence fisheries decision-making on Canada’s Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic coasts as well as inland fisheries in Ontario.


  • –present
    Professor Emerita, Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University


  • 2003 
    Dalhousie University, Ocean Governance