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I am a PhD Candidate in the Murray Lab at the Duke University Marine Lab. I am an interdisciplenary social scientist broadly interested in coastal ecosystems and communities and human-nature relationships. My research interrogates the processes by which decisions are made in fishery governance and coastal management, and the implications those processes have for coastal communities. I particularly focus on the roles of local and traditional ecological knowledges, science, and environmental values in addressing social-ecological challenges. I primarily draw from fields of political ecology and critical human geography in my work, and am informed by Indigenous methodologies and literature in feminist studies, environmental sociology, and conservation ecology.

My dissertation research focuses on knowledge integration in salmon fishery governance on the west coast of Vancouver Island B.C. I conduct the research with the permission and collaboration of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations and Ha'oom Fishing Society. I am also engaged in research projects regarding social values and narratives of oyster aquaculture in North Carolina, and in developing equity assessments for coastal restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.


Before moving into the social sciences, I was trained in intertidal ecology at Oregon State University. Through research experiences where I worked with multiple stakeholders and local communities, my interests expanded to the human dimensions of coastal systems. 


I am a white academic researcher with a western, settler lived experience working with Indigenous communities in Indigenous spaces. My engagement in my current research can serve to either disrupt or to perpetuate the harmful colonial legacies which echo throughout  governance, societal, and academic spaces, and I am responsible for the effects of my actions and work felt in the communities I work with. Efforts towards decolonization must be led by Indigenous communities with the support of non-indigenous people who hold power and privilege.


I engage in my research with care to follow the leadership, permissions, and interests of my Indigenous collaborators and can wherever possible support their path towards self-determination. I work with the intent to act as an ethical ally to my Indigenous colleagues but never to speak for their experiences or interests. Relationship building centered on trust, respect, and reciprocity is core to my work. I extend immense gratitude for the guidance, patience, and trust of my Indigenous partners in our work and research together.

My academic studies are conducted in the unceded ancestral lands of the Coree people, the Eno, and the Occaneechee band of the Saponi Nation. My home is based on the ancestral territory of the Wiyot Tribe. My dissertation research is conducted within the ha`houthli (traditional territory) of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations with intent to support the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations' path towards self determination through agency in fisheries governance.

Publications, Reports & Theses

Bingham, J.A. (2023). Knowledge and Power Through Pluralisms and Relationality in the Governance of Salmon on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. [Doctoral Thesis, Duke University].


Bingham, J.A., Milne, S., Murray, G., and Dorward, T. (2021). Knowledge mobilization and coproduction in First Nations’ Coho salmon fisheries management. Frontiers in Marine Science.

Koop, B., Davidson, W., Bernatchez, L., Beacham, T., Bendriem, N., Berseth, V., Bingham, J., Chan, M., Matthews, R., Milne, S., Murray, G., Sumaila, R., and Yáñez, J.M. (2021). “Coho Genomics: Conservation, Production, Management & Communities.” Available at:

Fairbanks, L., Campbell, L.M., Murray, G., Stoll, J., D’Anna, L., and Bingham, J. (2021). From Blue Economy to Blue Communities: reorienting aquaculture expansion for community wellbeing. Marine Policy. 124: 104361.

Bingham, J., Milne, S., and Murray, G. (2020). Governance and knowledge mobilization in Coho fisheries of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations and T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries, and consideration of fit for integration of EPIC4 technologies. EPIC4 Activity 5 project report for Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations Lands Department.

Bingham, J. and Masso, S. (2020). Decision-Making Support Tool and Protocol for Restoration, Enhancement, and Harvest Management of Cuẃit (Coho Salmon). Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations Lands Department

Del Angel, D., Bingham, J., Díaz, B.A., Suárez, A.M., Fabián, M.R., and Palacioa, G.F. (2018). “Proposed Socio-economic Environmental Health Report Card Indicators for Cauguanes National Park, Cuba.” Student Contributions in: McLaughlin et al. (ed) 2018. Development of an Environmental Report Card to Track the Impact and Subsequent Recovery of Hurricane Irma (September 2017) on the Natural and Human Ecosystems in Northern Central Cuba. SWIMM Student Workshop on International Coastal and Marine Management 2018 workshop, Hart Research Institute and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Bingham, J., Thomas, M., and Shanks, A. (2017). Development of a Sustainable Gooseneck Barnacle Fishery; Initial Investigations. (Technical Report) Oregon Sea Grant.

Bingham, J. and Novak, M. (2016). Sensitive Barnacles: A Case Study for Collaborative Sustainable Fishery Development (Undergraduate Honors Thesis). Oregon State University.

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