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  • Jennifer Brewer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, and a faculty member in the Master of Public Policy Program and Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science doctoral program. As a political ecologist, her research focuses on human-environment relations and environmental governance, particularly in marine fisheries. Her research asks how decision processes can simultaneously sustain natural resources and augment public capacities for civic engagement under conditions of environmental change. Her projects have spanned community- and market-based resource co-management models, incorporating field data collection with qualitative and quantitative analyses. She especially enjoys working with interdisciplinary and international research teams that link scholarship to policy.

    Jennifer holds a doctorate in Human Geography from Clark Graduate School of Geography, a Master of Science in Marine Policy from the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She previously held a joint appointment at East Carolina University in the Department of Geography and Institute for Coastal Science and Policy. She has also worked at the National Academy of Sciences, US House of Representatives, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and in the non-profit sector. She holds a courtesy appointment at the University of Florida Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 Putting Rooted Networks into PracticeACME.  17:958-987. 2018
    2018 Review of “Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast."Northeastern Geographer.  10:69-72. 2018
    2017 Accountability, transformative learning, and alternate futures for New England groundfish catch sharesMarine Policy.  80:113-122. 2017
    2017 Actualizing marine policy engagementDialogues in Human Geography.  7:45-49. 2017
    2017 Engagement in a Public Forum: Knowledge, Action, and CosmopolitanismAntipode.  49:273-293. 2017
    2016 Mending the Net: Property and Markets in Fisheries Policy for Less-Developed ContextsJournal of International Wildlife Law and Policy.  19:269-283. 2016
    2015 Adapting the Law of Fish and Wildlife to the Science of Climate ChangeJournal of International Wildlife Law and Policy.  18:355-368. 2015
    2014 Harvesting a knowledge commons: collective action, transparency, and innovation at the Portland Fish ExchangeInternational Journal of the Commons.  8:155-178. 2014
    2014 Hog Daddy and the Walls of Steel: Catch Shares and Ecosystem Change in the New England GroundfisherySociety and Natural Resources.  27:724-741. 2014
    2014 The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of SailJournal of Historical Geography.  43:187-188. 2014
    2013 Making an environmental market, unmaking adaptive capacity: Species commodification in the New England groundfisheryGeoforum.  50:172-181. 2013
    2013 From experiential knowledge to public participation: social learning at the community fisheries action roundtable.Environmental Management.  52:321-334. 2013
    2013 Toward a Publicly Engaged Geography: Polycentric and Iterated ResearchSoutheastern Geographer.  53:328-347. 2013
    2012 Don't Fence Me In: Boundaries, Policy, and Deliberation in Maine's Lobster CommonsAnnals of the Association of American Geographers.  102:383-402. 2012
    2012 Revisiting Maine's lobster commons: rescaling political subjectsInternational Journal of the Commons.  6:319-343. 2012
    2011 Paper Fish and Policy Conflict: Catch Shares and Ecosystem-Based Management in Maine's GroundfisheryEcology and Society Conservation Ecology.  16. 2011
    Putting Rooted Networks into PracticeACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.  17.


    Year Title
    2009 Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate 2009
    2008 Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making 2008
    2008 New Directions in Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation Assessment 2008


    Year Title
    2003 Changes in Territoriality in the Maine Lobster Fishery 2003

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    2003 Changes in the Territorial System of the Maine Lobster IndustryCOMMONS IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM: CHALLENGES AND ADAPTATION. 37-59. 2003

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    Teaching Activities

  • Geog of Natural Environment Taught course 2019
  • Political Ecology Taught course 2019
  • Geog of Natural Environment Taught course 2019
  • Human-Environment Geography Taught course 2019
  • Internship Taught course 2019
  • Field Research Taught course 2018
  • Geog of Natural Environment Taught course 2018
  • Geog of Natural Environment Taught course 2018
  • Human-Environment Geography Taught course 2018
  • Geog of Natural Environment Taught course 2017
  • Internship Taught course 2017
  • Political Ecology Taught course 2017
  • Geog of Natural Environment Taught course 2017
  • Human-Environment Geography Taught course 2017
  • Internship Taught course 2017
  • Field Methods in Geography Taught course 2016
  • Fundamentals Policy Analysis Taught course 2016
  • Geog of Natural Environment Taught course 2016
  • Geog of Natural Environment Taught course 2015
  • Issues in Environmental Geog Taught course 2015
  • Field Methods in Geography Taught course 2015
  • Internship Taught course 2015
  • Geog of Natural Environment Taught course 2014
  • Internship Taught course 2014
  • Issues in Environmental Geog Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Art & Society, University of Michigan
  • M.S. Marine Policy, University of Maine
  • Ph.D. Geography, Clark University
  • Full Name

  • Jennifer Brewer