Connie Liu












Environmental problems are tangled balls of yarn: there is never one definitive cause or clear solution. This is why I believe an interdisciplinary approach is so critical to the understanding of environmental issues. My goal to develop a balanced toolbox for dissecting such issues led me to major in environmental science and policy and minor in political science. In my semester at the Duke Marine Lab, I had the great fortune of taking Xavier’s Class on the Governance of Social Ecological Systems in which we studied the Mexican fishing community of Kino Bay. This trip was the inspiration for the project I worked on at the Basurto Lab which was an analysis of the role of fish buyers in the seafood marketing chain. I examined logs kept by Kino Bay fish buyers which detail transactions, profits, and expenditures. With this information, I examined how fish buyers influenced resource extraction and if their position in the supply chain allowed them to drive exploitation.