Caitlin Cleaver

Caitlin Cleaver


Caitlin graduated in May 2014 with a M.S. in marine biology and a M.S. marine policy from the University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences. Her thesis research explored both biological and social aspects of Maine’s green sea urchin fishery. Through the dual-degree program, she had the opportunity to interview sea urchin harvesters and develop a biology project that investigated a hypothesis derived from these interviews. She explored the coast-wide pattern of deepwater sea urchin distribution and individual sea urchin movement. Her marine policy work examined the links and feedback mechanisms between the natural and social systems of the sea urchin fishery as well as how individual harvesters adapt in response to components of each system. Caitlin believes that coupling social science with natural science efforts is important in developing effective conservation strategies that adequately take into account the human aspect of marine issues. Ultimately, she is interested in researching the delicate balance of managing fisheries in the dynamic natural, social, and political systems in which marine resources are embedded. Caitlin now works at the Hurricane Island Foundation as the Hurricane Island Field Research Station Coordinator. In her position, she is able to translate science into education through hands-on experiential learning programs with middle and high school students, develop and carry out baseline data collection on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay as well as build a network of researchers who value and connect to Hurricane Island and coastal Maine. Caitlin holds an M.P.A. in environmental science and policy from Columbia University and a B.A. in environmental policy from Colby College.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of Maine at Orono, MS/MS
Current Position:
Director of Science and Research
Hurricane Island Foundation
Coastal & Marine Issues
Environmental Education
Currently Working On:
Engaging fishing communities in the regional ocean planning process and conducting collaborative research with scallop harvesters and other partners.
313 West Meadow Rd
Thomaston, Maine 04861
(207) 691-9355

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