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Teresa Johnson

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Teresa Johnson

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Teresa Johnson


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200 Libby Hall
Orono, ME  04469


Ph.D. Rutgers University

Research interests

My research focuses on the human dimensions of marine fisheries. My research is concerned with (1) stakeholder engagement and different forms of expertise in policy-making, including scientists’ research-based knowledge and fishermen’s experience-based knowledge, and (2) the design of effective fisheries manament institutions, and (3) respones to social and environmental changes in fishing communities. 



In Press

  • Hart, D., Bell, K., Lindenfeld, L., Johnson, T.R., Ranco, D. (in press). Strengthening the Role of Universities in Addressing Sustainability Challenges: The Sustainability Solutions Initiative as an Institutional Experiment. Ecology and Society.

Additional Publications

  • Johnson, T.R., Jansujwicz, J., & Zydlewski, G. (2015). Tidal power development in Maine: Stakeholder identification and perceptions of engagement. Estuaries and Coasts, 38(S1):266-278.
  • Jansujwicz, J.S., & Johnson, T.R. (2015). Understanding and informing permitting decisions for tidal power development in Maine. Estuaries and Coasts, 38(S1):253-265.
  • Teisl, M., McCoy, S., Marrinan, S., Noblet, C.L., Johnson, T., Wibberly, M., Roper, R., & Klein, S. Will offshore energy face ‘fair winds and following seas’?: Understanding the factors influencing marine energy acceptance. Estuaries and Coasts, 38(S1):279-286.
  • Henry, A.M., & Johnson, T.R. (2015). Understanding social resilience in the Maine lobster industry. Marine and Coastal Fisheries. 7(1):33-43.
  • Johnson, T.R., Henry, A.M., Thompson, C. Identifying Qualitative Indicators of Social Resilience in Small-scale Fishing Communities: An Emphasis on Perceptions and Practice. Human Ecology Review. 20(2):97-115

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  • Stoll, J.S. & Johnson, T.R. Under the banner of sustainability: The politics and prose of an emerging US federal seafood certification. Marine Policy. 51:415-422.

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  • Jansujwicz, J.S. & Johnson, T.R. The Maine Tidal Power Initiative: Transdisciplinary sustainability science research for the responsible development of tidal power. Sustainability Science, doi: 10.1007/s11625-014-0263-7.
  • Johnson, T.R., Wilson, J.A., Cleaver, C., Morehead, G., & Vadas, R. (2013). Modeling fine scale urchin-kelp dynamics: Implications for fisheries management. Fisheries Research, 141:107-117.
  • Gorczyca, E., Lyons, P., Leahy, J., Johnson, T., & Straub, C. (2013). Improving family forest knowledge transfer through social network analysis. Journal of Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 11 (3-4):157-165.
  • Wilson, J.A., Acheson, J.M., & Johnson, T.R. The cost of useful knowledge and collective action in three fisheries. Ecological Economics 96:165-172.
  • Johnson, T. and G. Zydlewski. 2012. Research for the Sustainable Development of Tidal Power in Maine. Maine Policy Review 21(1):58-64.

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  • Wilson, J., Hill, J., Kersula, M., Wilson, C.L., Whitsel, L., Yan, L., Acheson, J., Chen, Y., Cleaver, C., Congdon, C., Hayden, A., Hayes, P., Johnson, T., Morehead, G., Steneck, R.S., Turner, R., Vadas, R., & Wilson, C.J. (2012). Costly information and the evolution of self-organization in a small, complex economy. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 90:S76-S93. doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2012.12.019
  • Johnson, T.R., & McCay, B.J. (2012). Trading expertise: The rise and demise of an industry/government committee on survey trawl design. Maritime Studies, 11:14. doi:10.1186/2212-9790-11-14
  • Johnson, T.R., Wilson, J.A., Cleaver, C., & Vadas, R. (2012). Social-ecological scale mismatches and the collapse of the Maine sea urchin fishery. Ecology and Society, 17 (2):15. doi:10.5751/ES-04767-170215
  • Nenadovic, M., Johnson, T., & Wilson, J. (2012). The process of implementing the Western Gulf of Maine area closure: The role and perception of fisher’s ecological knowledge. Ecology and Society, 17 (1):20. doi:10.5751/ES-04431-170120.
  • Johnson, T.R. 2011. Fishermen, scientists, and boundary spanners: Cooperative research in the US Illex squid fishery. Society and Natural Resources 24 (3):242–255.
  • Ramírez Sánchez, S., McCay, B.J., Johnson, T.R., & Weisman, W. (2011). Surgimiento, formación, y persistencia de organizaciones sociales para la pesca ribereña de la península de Baja California: un enfoque antropológico. Region y Sociedad, 50 (51):71-99.
  • Johnson, T.R. 2010. Cooperative Research and Knowledge Flow in the Marine Commons. International Journal of the Commons. 4(1):251-272

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  • Murray, G., T.R. Johnson, B.McCay, M.Danko, K.St. Martin, and S.Takahashi. 2010. Cumulative effects, creeping enclosure, and the marine commons of New Jersey. International Journal of the Commons. 4(1):367-389

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  • Johnson, T.R. 2008. Book Review: Fishers knowledge in fisheries science and management, Fish and Fisheries, 9(1): 118

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  • Johnson, T.R. and W.L.T van Densen. 2007. Benefits and organization of cooperative research. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 64(4): 862

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  • St. Martin, K., B. McCay, G. Murray, T.R. Johnson, and B. Oles. 2007. Communities, Knowledge, and Fisheries of the Future. International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, 7(3): 221-239

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  • McCay, B.J., T.R. Johnson, K. St. Martin, and D.C. Wilson. 2006. Gearing Up for Improved Collaboration: The Potentials and Limits of Cooperative Research for Incorporating Fishermens Knowledge. Pages 111-115 in A. N. Read and T. W. Hartley, editors. Partnerships for a Common Purpose: Cooperative Fisheries Research and Management. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.

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