I am a PhD Candidate in the Murray Lab at the Duke University Marine Lab. I am broadly interested in coastal ecosystems and communities and human-nature relationships. My research broadly focuses on 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 role of local and traditional ecological knowledges and science in addressing social-ecological change. 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 into 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 becoming an interdisciplenary social scientist, 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 include the human dimensions of coastal systems.
Bingham, J., Milne, S., Murray, G., and Dorward, T. (2021). Knowledge mobilization and coproduction in First Nations’ Coho salmon fisheries management. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.671112
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). Blue Communities: Reframing the Blue Economy for Wellbeing. Marine Policy. 124: 104361. doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104