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Faculty & Staff - Dr. Christine Beitl








 Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. Ecological and Environmental Anthropology, University of Georgia, 2012
M.A. Latin American and Caribbean Studies/ Environmental Studies, Florida International University, 2005
B.A. Spanish, Ohio University, 1997

Professional Interests:

My research broadly explores the interactions between socio-political, ecological, and economic systems. I specialize in the study of common pool resources in coastal and marine environments focusing on mangrove forests and their associated artisanal fisheries.  I use ethnographic and fishery data, statistical analysis, and geographic information systems to evaluate the social and ecological effects of customary norms in fishing, policy, property arrangements, civil society, and collective action in coastal Ecuador.

Other research and teaching interests include sustainability science, human ecology, environmental anthropology, coastal/ maritime anthropology, economic anthropology, political ecology, human dimensions of environmental change, environmental governance and policy, international conservation and development, research design and methods, Latin America and South Pacific.

Recent Publications:

Beitl, C. (2014). Navigating Over Space and Time: Fishing Effort Allocation and the Development of Customary Norms in an Open-Access Mangrove Estuary in Ecuador. Human Ecology:1-17. 10.1007/s10745-014-9655-7

Beitl, C. M. (2014). Adding Environment to the Collective Action Problem: Individuals, Civil Society, and the Mangrove-Fishery Commons in Ecuador. World Development 56:93-107.

Beitl, C. M. (2012). Shifting Policies, Access, and the Tragedy of Enclosures in Ecuadorian Mangrove Fisheries: Towards a Political Ecology of the Commons. Journal of Political Ecology, 19, 94-113. Online:

Beitl, C. M. (2011). Cockles in Custody: The Role of Common Property Arrangements in the Ecological Sustainability of Mangrove Fisheries on the Ecuadorian Coast. International Journal of the Commons, 5(2), 485-512. Online:


Telephone: 207.581.1893   Fax: 207.581.1823


Department of Anthropology
University of Maine
5773 S. Stevens Hall, Rm. 228A
Orono, Maine 04469-5773

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Department of Anthropology
5773 S.Stevens Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5773
Phone: (207) 581-1894 | Fax: (207) 581-1823E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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