was appointed to the Board of Technical Experts of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in 1986 where he served for three years. He is currently conducting a study of Ojibway natural and cultural resource use in the western Great Lakes and is preparing an oral history of commercial fishermen for Isle Royale National Park.
Dr. James Wilen earned his Ph.D. in natural resource economics from the University of California, Riverside in 1973. Dr. Wilen is a professor of agriculture and resource economics at the University of California, Davis. His research is primarily in fisheries economics, with a particular focus on the analysis of alternative management strategies and institutions. He is currently involved in studies related to marine reserves, including the use of reserves as a management tool and a bioeconomic modeling project on using spatial management in the California sea urchin fishery. He has worked as a fisheries policy analyst examining a wide range of fisheries in North America and around the world.
Susan Roberts (study director) received her Ph.D. in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Roberts is a program officer for the National Research Council's Ocean Studies Board. Dr. Roberts staffs studies on living marine resources, marine biotechnology, and health implications of climate change. Her research interests include marine microbiology, fish physiology and development, and biomedicine.
Ann Carlisle (senior project assistant) received her B.A. in sociology from George Mason University in 1997. During her tenure with the Ocean Studies Board, she has worked on studies of the history of ocean sciences and marine living resources, and has staffed several studies on various aspects of marine fishery management.