Principal Investigator of the Ocean Nexus Program

Assistant Professor of Marine and Coastal Policy

Oregon State University

Dr. Spalding is Assistant Professor of Marine and Coastal Policy at Oregon State University; and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Coiba Research Station - AIP in Panama. She has a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a MA in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami, and a BA in International Economics from the University of Richmond. She has published widely on the socio-environmental outcomes of lifestyle migration to Panama; on the linkages between land use and policy, property rights, and development; and, more broadly, on the evolution of marine policy and conservation in Panama and the United States. She is also fascinated by interdisciplinarity and collaboration as an academic endeavor, where it no longer represents an abstract concept, but instead has become a critical framework for addressing global environmental threats. Her current research includes the study of adaptive capacity to ocean acidification in resource-dependent communities in California, and science-policy engagement related to ocean acidification on the West Coast of the United States. On an international scale, she is interested in exploring the current state and future of Anthropocene ocean governance; particularly as it relates to marine protected areas, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Blue Economy, and the role of the ocean in achieving climate and societal goals. 

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