Barnes-Mauthe, Michele

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Michele is an interdisciplinary social scientist who specializes in marine social-ecological systems. Her work draws on sociology and economics and has an applied, quantitative focus. Past and current projects span the developed-developing world divide and cover a diverse range of contexts - from large-scale, commercially exploited systems, to small-scale, locally managed ones. Michele is particularly interested in social networks, human behavior, and environmental decision making. Other research topics include social capital, collaborative management, social-ecological feedbacks, stakeholder diversity, ecosystem service valuation, small-scale fisheries, and several shark-related topics (e.g., shark fishing, shark ecotourism, shark bycatch). 

Michele is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a research assistant in the Socioeconomics and Planning Group at NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Financial Economics and Information Systems at Hawaii Pacific University, where she teaches a graduate level course on statistics and decision modeling.

Research Interests: 
Social Networks, Social Capital, Social-Ecological Systems, Environmental Decision Making, Ecological Economics, Marine Policy