Dr. Christine Beitl

Dr. Christine Beitl

Associate Professor of Anthropology / Graduate Program Coordinator / Fulbright Student Program Advisor / Cooperating Faculty Member, School of Marine Sciences & School of Economics / Faculty Associate, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions / Affiliated Faculty Member, Ecology and Environmental Sciences

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

Beitl CV

Professional Interests:

Generally my research aims to understand the cultural values and policies driving change in the ocean and coastal commons, as well as the distribution of benefits and risks associated with coastal development, aquaculture, renewable energy, and climate change.  For the past 20 years, I have studied environmental governance in Latin America focusing on the role of collective action in social-ecological resilience, social justice and sustainable livelihoods in mangrove forests and small-scale fisheries. I have used qualitative and quantitative approaches, ethnographic and fishery data, as well as geographic information systems to study human-environment interactions and evaluate the social-ecological effects of institutions, policies, and individuals decisions. Recent research in Maine focuses on the implications of climate change in fisheries and offshore wind development.

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


Recent Publications:

Nemer E. Narchi and Christine M. Beitl (2022). América Profunda: visiones y convergencias en la oceanografía social del continente. Zamora: El Colegio de Michoacán. ISBN 978-607-544-166-5

Kuhn, Annegret, Poto, Margherita Paola, Hodgson, Kara K., Treffenfeldt Montoya, Valentina., Tsiouvalas, Apostolos., Beitl, C.M. (2021). Knowledge Integration and Good Marine Governance: A Multidisciplinary Analysis and Critical Synopsis. Human Ecology. 50, 125-139 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-021-00289-y

Prado-Carpio, Eveligh, Olivo-Garrido, María de Lourdes, Quiñonez-Cabeza, Manuel, Beitl, C.M., Martínez-Soto, Moisés, Rodríguez-Monroy, Carlos (2021).  Performance and challenges in the value chain of the Anadara tuberculosa bivalve mollusk in Ecuador. Sustainability 13(19), 10863; https://doi.org/10.3390/su131910863

zu Ermgassen, P.S.E., Mukherjee, N., Worthington, T., Acosta, A., Da Rocha Araujo, A. R., Beitl, C.M., Castellanos-Galindo, G., Parrett, C., Cunha-Lignon, M., Dahdouh Guebas, F., Dwyer, P., Gair, J., Johnson, A., Kuguru, B., Lobo, A. S., Loneragan, N., Longley-Wood, K., Tomasino Mendonça, J., Meynecke, J.-O., Mandal, R. N., Munga, C., Gonzalez Reguero, B., Rönnbäck, P., Thorley, J., Wolff, M., & Spalding, M. (2021). Fishers who rely on mangroves: Modelling and mapping the global intensity of mangrove-associated fisheries. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 247: 106975, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2020.106975.

Ebel, S., Beitl, C.M., Torre, M., (2021) Values Underlying Conflict and Adaptation Visions in a Rapidly Changing Small-Scale Fishing Community in Chile. Environmental Values. 5: 565-591. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3197/096327120X15973379803717

Beitl, C.M., +Chávez Páez, W., Vanegas Redondo, W.F., Carvajal Cañarte, E.L., Zambrano Mohauad, G.A., +Ramírez Alfonso, K.R., Jama López, J.A., and Gortaire Díaz, D.E,. (2020). Cambios ambientales, alimentación y sustento en una comunidad rural del manglar. Investigacio: Research Review. 13: 89-102. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31095/investigatio.2020.13.9

Beitl, C.M., Rahimzadeh-Bajgiran, P., Bravo, M. Ortega-Pacheco, D., Bird, K., (2019). New Valuation for Defying Degradation:  Visualizing Mangrove Forest Dynamics and Local Stewardship with Remote Sensing in Coastal Ecuador. Geoforum. 98: 123-132. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.10.024

Moritz, M., Behnke, R., Beitl, C.M., Bliege Bird, R., Morais Chiaravalloti, R., Clark, J.K., Crabtree, S.A., Downey, S., Hamilton, I.M., Chian Phang, S., Scholte, P., Wilson, J., (2018). Emergent Sustainability in Open Property Regimes. Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences. 115(51): 1285-12867. DOI:

Narchi, N., Cariño, M., Mesa-Jurado, M.A. Espinoza-Tenorio, A., Olivos-Ortiz, A., Early Capistrán, M.M., Morteo, E., Ochoa, Y., Beitl, C.M., Martinez Diaz, T.E., Cervantes, O., Nava Bravo, H.H. Spalding, A. K., Grace-McCaskey, C.A., Corona, N., Moreira Moura, G.G., (2018). El CoLaboratorio de la Oceanografía Social: Espacio Plural para la Conservación Integral de los Mares y las Sociedades Costeras. Sociedad y Ambiente. 18: 285-301. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31840/sya.v0i18.1888

Farr, E.R., Stoll, J.S., Beitl, C.M., (2018). Effects of fisheries management on local ecological knowledge. Ecology & Society. 23 (3): 15. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10344-230315

Beitl, C.M. (2018) Book Review of Lewis, Tammy L. (2016) Ecuador’s Environmental Revolutions: Ecoimperialists, Ecodependents, and Ecoresisters. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, viii + 282pp.

Ebel, S. A., Beitl, C.M., Runnebaum, J., Alden, R., Johnson, T. (2018). “The power of participation: Challenges and opportunities for facilitating trust in cooperative fisheries research in the Maine lobster fishery.” Marine Policy 90: 47-54. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2018.01.007

Beitl, C.M., (2017). Decentralized Mangrove Conservation and Territorial Use Rights in Ecuador’s Mangrove-Associated Fisheries. Bulletin of Marine Science. 93(1):117-136. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5343/bms.2015.1086

Beitl, C.M. (2016). The Changing Legal and Institutional Context for Recognizing Nature’s Rights in Ecuador: Mangroves, Fisheries, Farmed Shrimp, and Coastal Management since 1980. Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy. 19(4): 317-332.

Stoll, J.S., Beitl, C.M., Wilson, J.A., (2016). How Access to Maine’s Fisheries Has Changed over a Quarter Century: The Cumulative Effects of Licensing on Resilience.  Global Environmental Change. 37:79-91. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378016300073

Beitl, C.M. (2015). Mobility in the Mangroves: Catch Rates, Daily Decisions, and Dynamics of Artisanal Fishing in a Coastal Commons.” Applied Geography. 59: 98-106. http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1QjTtWf-Apsxk

Beitl, C. M. (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 42(3): 395-411. DOI: 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. Online: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X13002386

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: http://jpe.library.arizona.edu/volume_19/Beitl.pdf

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: http://www.thecommonsjournal.org/index.php/ijc/article/view/285

Beitl, C. M. and A. Cruz (2010). Custodias del Manglar y Monitoreo Comunitario del Recurso Concha Prieta (Anadara tuberculosa y A. similis) en la Isla Costa Rica, El Oro, Ecuador. Resultados del Monitoreo Comunitario con la Asociacion de Costa Rica Diciembre 2009 – Junio de 2010. El Oro, Ecuador: 1-15.


Telephone: 207.581.1893
Fax: 207.581.1823
Email: christine.beitl@maine.edu
Department of Anthropology
University of Maine
5773 S. Stevens Hall, Rm. 228A
Orono, Maine 04469-5773


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