Anastasia Quintana

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Anastasia is a common-pool resource scholar using mixed social science methods (ethnography, surveys, and economic experiments) to study collective action for sustainability in small-scale fisheries. Her work broadly examines how decentralization policies create new opportunities for small-scale fishers to organize, cooperate, and improve their wellbeing under ineffectual governments.
She conducts research at two scales: hyper-local and global. At the hyper-local scale, she uses ethnographic methods to study collective action in fishing towns in the Gulf of California, Mexico. This work is part of a NSF Coupled Natural-Human Systems Grant studying resilience in small-scale fisheries. At the global scale, she is part of a team funded by SESYNC to examine how cooperativism by fishers can protect local fish stocks from collapse driven by international trade.
She is currently a 5th year PhD student at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. She is part of the Coasts and Commons Co-Laboratory, advised by Dr. Xavier Basurto, a student of Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom.
Anastasia’s dissertation examines a novel fisheries policy experiment in Mexico: Fish Refuges (Zonas de Refugio Pesquero). Fish Refuges are marine reserves generally designed by fishers for the purpose of fisheries management. The use of marine reserves for fisheries management is highly contested in the academic literature. However, the implementation of Fish Refuges in Mexico is explosively expanding (from 0 in 2011 to 38 in 2018) and is profoundly restructuring how fisheries officials interact with small-scale fishers. In three parts, Anastasia’s dissertation documents the implications of fishers designing marine reserves for fisheries management.
Anastasia is personally an advocate of social and environmental justice, gender equality including transgender rights, resisting racism and Islamophobia, and conservation.
If you are interested in learning more or discussing job opportunities, you are welcome to contact Anastasia at or to explore her website at .

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B.A. Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014

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