The Washington Post coverage of our study on cooperative resource governance: “How protecting the environment changes human nature”



Community Voices from the Sea of Cortez


Coupled social-ecological systems associated with small-scale fisheries in Mexico’s Gulf of California

The Basurto Lab is collaborating with Brown University, Scripps Institution for Oceanography, Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, University of Texas, JIMAR, and The Nature Conservancy on “Mexico coupled systems research.”

Read the 2014 Project Update here.



The Basurto Lab received Duke’s Green Certification Award. Click below for more information.

Trophy Gold



July 30, 2012 – El Lider de San Antonio. A regional newspaper in Chile reports: “[Scientists] Recommend that the New Fisheries Law Considers Social Science Variables”




Looking Beyond the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’

September 16, 2010, Duke University

“Economists have a term to describe fishermen catching too many fish or loggers cutting down too many trees on public land…”


Editors’ Picks

November/December 2010, Environment Magazine

Paper by Basurto and Ostrom (2009) featured in the November/December 2010 issue.





Fish Shares and Sharing Fish

February 03, 2009, Basurto’s work is reported in the New York Times, Olivia Judson’s Blog: The Wild Side

“It is the last evening of the marine ecology course my wife and I teach each year at a field station in Bahía de Los Ángeles, a small fishing village on the Gulf of California. We’ve invited four local fishermen to join us for dinner, and they sit now in plastic chairs on our patio — the guests of honor, with a dozen college kids gathered before them like disciples…”