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Courtney Carothers

Associate Professor

Commercial Fisheries
Human Dimensions and Community Development
Fisheries Management
College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
1007 West 3rd Avenue
Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99501-1936
University of Washington
Ph.D., Anthropology
University of Washington
M.A. Anthropology
Cornell University
B.A. Biology and Society
Curriculum Vitae
Chambers, C. and C. Carothers. 2016. Thirty years after privatization: A survey of Icelandic small-boat fishermen. Marine Policy. doi: 1016/j.marpol.2016.02.026

Donkersloot, R. and C. Carothers. 2016. Sustaining the next generation of fishermen and fishing communities: Understanding fisheries access in coastal Alaska. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development.

Hicks, C.C., A. Levine, A. Agrawal, X. Basurto, S. Breslow, C. Carothers, S. Charnley, S. Coulthard, N. Dolsak, J. Donatuto, C. Garcia-Quijano, M.B. Mascia, K. Norman, M. Poe, T. Satterfield, K. St. Martin, P. S. Levin. 2016. Concrete engagement with social science concepts for sustainability. Science. 253(6281):38-40.

Lyons, C., C. Carothers, and K. Reedy. 2016. Means, meanings and contexts: A framework for integrating detailed ethnographic data into assessments of fishing community vulnerability. Marine Policy.

Lyons, C., C. Carothers, and K. Reedy. 2016. A tale of two communities: Using relational place-making to examine fisheries policy in the Pribilof Island Communities of St. George and St. Paul, Alaska. Maritime Studies (MAST).

Carothers, C. 2015. Fisheries privatization, social transitions, and well-being in Kodiak, Alaska. Marine Policy. doi: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2014.11.019

Logerwell, E., M. Busby, C. Carothers, *S. Cotton, J. Duffy-Anderson, E. Farley, P. Goddard, R. Heintz, B. Holladay, J. Horne, S. Johnson, B. Lauth, L. Moulton, D. Neff, B. Norcross, S. Parker-Stetter, J. Seigle, T. Sformo. 2015. Fish communities across a spectrum of habitats in the western Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea. Progress in Oceanography. 136:115-132. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2015.05.013

C Carothers, C Brown, KJ Moerlein, JA López, DB Andersen, B Retherford. 2014. Measuring perceptions of climate change in northern Alaska: pairing ethnography with cultural consensus analysis. Ecology and Society. 19(4):27. doi: 10.5751/ES-06913-190427

Carothers, C. Brown, *K. J. Moerlein, J. Lopez, D. B. Anderson, and B. Retherford. 2014. Measuring perceptions of climate change in northern Alaska: pairing ethnography with cultural consensus analysis. Ecology and Society. 19(4):16 online.

Young, R. C., A. S. Kitaysky, C. Carothers, and I. Dorresteijn. 2014. Seabirds as a subsistence and cultural resource in two remote Alaskan communities. Ecology and Society. press,

2012. Fishing People of the North: Cultures, Economies, and Management Responding to Change. Ed. Carothers, C., K.R. Criddle, C.P. Chambers, P.J. Cullenberg, J.A. Fall, A.H. Himes-Cornell, J.P. Johnsen, N.S. Kimball, C.R. Menzies, and E.S. Springer. Alaska Sea Grant, University of Alaska Fairbanks.,

M. Lowe and C. Carothers. 2008. Enclosing the Fisheries: People, Places, and Power. Symposium 68 American Fisheries Society,

  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Political Ecology
  • Marine Policy
  • Fishing Communities
Current Research Projects
  • Gender, Environment, and Change: Exploring Shifting Roles in an Inupiat Community (National Science Foundation, Co-PI: Zanotti) This environmental anthropology study will provide a detailed ethnographic picture of the ways in which Alaska Native communities are responding to global challenges while at the same time retaining and practicing their core indigenous values in the face of many uncertainties. Previous research has identified indigenous groups and women as some of the most vulnerable populations affected by pronounced political, economic, and environmental shifts. In this study we seek to examine gendered responses to the processes of globalization and significant social-environmental change and the shifting roles of women in the midst of such changes. This research will provide an in-depth study of the gendered, multigenerational responses to specific contemporary changes in Barrow, Alaska, an Iñupiat subsistence-based community and economic and administrative hub of Arctic Slope region. While it is widely recognized that women play important roles as providers in this region, more research is needed on the evolving nature of women's "work" given new vocational and educational opportunities in the context of shifting mixed economies, increasing regulation of the environment, cumulative oil and gas exploration and extraction, and pronounced environmental change
  • Graying of the Fleet in Alaska's Fisheries: Defining the Problem and Assessing Alternatives (Alaska Sea Grant and North Pacific Research) This study seeks to better define the problem of the "graying of the fleet," a pressing concern for the state of Alaska, and to assess and develop alternatives that will help address this growing problem. This ethnographic research project based in the vital commercial fishing regions of Bristol Bay and Kodiak, Alaska will: 1) document and compare barriers to entry into, and upward mobility within, fisheries among youth and young fishery participants. 2) examine the factors influencing young people’s attitudes towards, and level of participation in, Alaska fisheries. 3) identify models of successful pathways to establishing fishing careers among young residents. and 4) identify potential policy responses to address the graying of the fleet and develop specific recommendations consistent with the state and federal legal frameworks.
  • Fisheries Privatization, Sociocultural Transitions, and Well-Being in Kodiak, Alaska (National Science Foundation) Scholars and fishermen alike view the privatization of fishing rights as a fundamental driver of change in fishing livelihoods and communities. Expanding upon ethnographic research conducted in rural fishing communities in the Gulf of Alaska, this project explores the social and cultural shifts linked to the privatization of fishing rights in the diverse fishing community of Kodiak, Alaska.
  • Climate Change and Subsistence Fisheries in Northwest Alaska (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) This study will document local observations of climate change relevant to subsistence fisheries in three communities in Northwest Alaska: Noatak, Selawik, and Shungnak. Utilizing a participatory research design, scientists and community partners will systematically document traditional ecological knowledge of climate and related ecological changes that affect the harvest, processing, and practices of subsistence fisheries. This documentation, along with an analysis of the prevalence and perceived importance of such observations, will inform adaptive subsistence management that can respond to changing environmental conditions.
  • Subsistence Use and Knowledge of Beaufort Sea Salmon Populations (BOEMRE) Local observations of increasing numbers of salmon in subsistence fisheries has generated a need for more information about salmon use, distribution, and survival in the North Slope region. This study addresses this knowledge gap by synthesizing relevant research and conducting ethnographic fieldwork with Inupiat informants about changing salmon populations. This study will document the historic and current importance of salmon as a subsistence resource and will also contextualize salmon among the suite of subsistence resources in this region.
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