Patrick Christie, Ph.D.


Research areas

Patrick Christie has led various comparative, socio-ecological research projects in the U.S., Philippines, Indonesia and Latin America to inform the practice of marine resource management. He is particularly interested in the human dimensions of marine conservation employing marine protected areas, ecosystem-based management, and conservation fishing technologies—research that resulted in a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. He regularly provides technical advice on the human dimensions of marine conservation to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, World Bank, USAID, and various other governmental and non-governmental environmental organizations. In addition to his scholarship, he is actively engaged in marine protected area design and implementation. Christie is jointly appointed in the Jackson School of International Studies. Dr. Christie received his Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan.

In December 2016, Dr. Christie and others co-hosted a workshop with the Tulalip Tribes to explore the human dimensions for coastal squeeze in the Puget Sound region and potential of tribally-led estuary restoration projects. In Winter 2017, Dr. Christie and Francesca Hillery (Public Affairs Manager, Tulalip Tribes) taught a course titled Finding common ground in a world of environmental change, in which students developed a strategic communications strategy for the Tulalip Tribes and a digital story about their experience.

For information on Dr. Christie’s latest project, please visit this link: Framework for the inclusion of human dimension consideration in research and implementation of large-scale marine protected areas. This framework is the collective effort of the many social scientists, MPA managers, and community members who attended the February, 2016 Human Dimensions Think Tank in Hawaii.

Dr. Christie teaches:

  • SMEA/JSIS/ENVIR 433: Environmental Degradation in the Tropics
  • SMEA 502: Decision Making and Action Taking in Marine Affairs
  • SMEA 509: Integrated Coastal Management
  • SMEA/JSIS/ENVIR 103: Society and the Oceans

Selected publications

Patrick Christie, Diana M Pietri, Todd C Stevenson, Richard Pollnac, Maurice Knight and Alan T White. 2016 Improving human and environmental conditions through the Coral Triangle Initiative: progress and challenges. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. pp. 169-181 DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2016.03.002

Aswani, S., P.J Mumby, A.C. Baker, P. Christie, L J. McCook, R.S Steneck, R.H Richmond. 2015 Scientific frontiers for the management of coral reefs. Frontiers in Marine Science. Volume 2: Article 50. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2015.00050

Christie, P, RP Pollnac, T. Stevenson, D. Pietri. 2014. Learning Project Final Report: Lessons Learned from the US Coral Triangle Initiative Support Program. Submitted to USAID and WWF.

Hoelting, K, B. Moore, R. Pollnac and P. Christie. 2014. Collaboration within the Puget Sound marine and nearshore science network. Coastal Management 42:332–354

Sale, P, F., Tundi Agardy, C.H. Ainsworth, B. E. Feist, J.D. Bell, P. Christie. O. Hoegh-Guldberg, P.J. Mumby, D.A. Feary , M.I. Saunders,  T.M. Daw, S.J. Foale, P.S. Levin, K.C. Lindeman, K. Lorenzen, R.S. Pomeroy, E.H. Allison, R.H. Bradbury, J. Corrin, A.J. Edwards, D.O. Obura,, Y.J. Sadovy de Mitcheson, M.A. Samoilys, C.R.C. Sheppard. 2014. Transforming management of tropical coastal seas to cope with challenges of the 21st century. Marine Pollution Bulletin 85: 8–23

Combest-Friedman, C., P. Christie, E. Miles. 2012. Climate variability and coastal household perceptions of change in the Central Philippines. Journal of Environmental Management 112: 137-48.

Glaser, M., P. Christie, K. Diele, L. Dsikowitzky, S. Ferse, I. Nordhaus, A. Schlüter, K. Schwerdtner Mañez, C. Wild. 2012. Beyond status: Sustainability-enhancing processes in tropical coastal and marine social-ecological systems. Invited contribution to Special issue of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) 4:300-308.

Christie, P. 2011. Creating space for interdisciplinary marine and coastal research: Five dilemmas and suggested resolutions. Environmental Conservation 38 (2): 172–186.

Pollnac, R., P. Christie, J.E. Cinner, T. Dalton, T.M. Daw, G.E. Forrester, N.A. J. Graham, T.R. McClanahan. 2010. Marine reserves as linked social–ecological systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) 107(43): 18262–18265.

Christie, P., R.B. Pollnac, E.G. Oracion, A. Sabonsolin,  R. Diaz, D. Pietri. 2009. Back to basics: An empirical study demonstrating the importance of local-level dynamics for the success of tropical marine ecosystem-based management. Coastal Management 37: 349-373.

Christie, P., R.B. Pollnac, D.L. Fluharty, M.A. Hixon, G.K. Lowry, R. Mahon, D. Pietri, B.N. Tissot, A.T. White, N. Armada, R.L. Eisma-Osorio. 2009. Tropical marine EBM feasibility: A synthesis of case studies and comparative analyses. Coastal Management 37:374-385.

Christie, P. 2004. MPAs as biological successes and social failures in Southeast Asia. In Aquatic Protected Areas as Fisheries Management Tools: Design, Use, and Evaluation of These Fully Protected Areas. J. B. Shipley (editor), pp 155-164. Bethesda, Maryland: American Fisheries Society.

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