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D. G. Webster

D.G. Webster

Assistant Professor

Dr. Webster's main research interest is in understanding feedbacks within global scale social-ecological systems (SESs). Her book, Adaptive Governance: The Dynamics of Atlantic Tuna Management (2009 MIT Press) posited and tested her vulnerability response framework. It won the International Studies Association's Harold and Margaret Sprout Award in 2010. She is currently exploring new methods for exploring SESs through a new book project and is the lead PI on a multi-institutional project called Fishscape: Modeling the Complex Dynamics of the Fishery for Tropical Tunas in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, which is funded through NSF’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems program. Dr. Webster teaches courses related to global environmental governance, green business, marine policy, and environmental economics . She earned her PhD from the University of Southern California’s Political Economy and Public Policy program in 2005.

Selected Publications

  • Webster, D.G. In review. Beyond the Tragedy: Evolution and Sustainability in Global Fisheries Governance. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
  • Webster, D.G. and Omid Roozmand. 2014. Discards and the Anthropocene: Satisficing, magical thinking, and norms of disposability (CCAD project). Annual Meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, June 11-14, New York, New York.
  • Roozmand, Omid and D.G. Webster. 2014. Agent based modeling of consumer choice andaggregate demand: Maximizers vs. Satisficers. Agent-Directed Simulation Symposium Series 46 (1): 77-83.
  • Webster, D.G. 2013. International fisheries: Gauging the potential for multispecies management. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 3(2): 169-183.
  • Pendleton, L.H., P. King, C. Mohn, D.G. Webster, R. Vaughn, and P.N. Adams.  2012.  Estimating the Potential Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Southern California Beaches.  Climatic Change. 109:277-298.  DOI:10.1007/s10584-011-0309-0
  • Webster, D.G. 2011. The irony and the exclusivity of Atlantic bluefin tuna management. Marine Policy, 35:249-251.
  • Webster, D.G. 2010. Quasi-Property Rights & the Effectiveness of Atlantic Tuna Management. In Robin Allen, James Joseph, and Dale Squires, eds. Conservation and Management of Transnational Tuna Fisheries. Boston: Wiley. 321-332.
  • Webster, D.G. 2009. Adaptive Governance: The Dynamics of Atlantic Fisheries Management. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
  • Webster, D.G. 2007. Leveraging Competitive Advantages: Developing Countries' Role in International Fisheries Management. Journal of Environment and Development, 16(1): 8-21.
  • Webster, D.G. 2006. The Marlin Conundrums: Turning the Tide for By-catch Species. Bulletin of Marine Science, 79(3): 561-575.

Current Courses:

  • ENVS 16- Business and the Environment
  • ENVS 56- Environmental Economics and Governance
  • ENVS 65- Global Environmental Politics

Past Courses:

Contact Information

Professor D.G. Webster
Environmental Studies Program
105 Fairchild Hall
HB 6182
Hanover, NH  03755
Phone: 603-646-0213
Fax: 603-646-1682


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Last Updated: 8/26/14