Publications linked to the MAREA Research Project (NSF CNH-L: DEB-1632648)


Hamilton, J., Basurto, X., Smith, H., & Virdin, J. 2021. How does the World Bank shape global environmental governance agendas for coasts? 50 years of small-scale fisheries aid reveals paradigm shifts over time. Global Environmental Change, 68, 102246.

Schlüter, M., E. Lindkvist, and X. Basurto. 2021. The interplay between top-down interventions and bottom-up self-organization shapes opportunities for transforming self-governance in small-scale fisheries. Marine Policy:104485

Gonzalez-Mon, B., Bodin, Ö., Lindkvist, E., Frawley, T. H., Giron-Nava, A., Basurto, X., Nenadovic M., and Schlüter, M. 2021. Spatial diversification as a mechanism to adapt to environmental changes in small-scale fisheries. Environmental Science & Policy, 116, 246-257.


Quintana, A., Basurto, X., Rodriguez Van Dyck, S., and Weaver, A.H. (2020). Political making of more-than-fishers through their involvement in ecological monitoring of protected areas. Biodiversity and Conservation.

Quintana, A., Basurto, X. (2020). Community‐based conservation strategies to end open access: The case of Fish Refuges in Mexico. Conservation Science and Practice. 2020;e283.

Pellowe, K., and Leslie, H. (2020). The interplay between formal and informal institutions and the potential for co-management in a Mexican small-scale fishery. Marine Policy.

Pellowe, K., and Leslie, H. (2020). Ecosystem service lens reveals diverse community values of small-scale fisheries. Ambio.

Pellowe, K., and Leslie, H. (2020). Size-selective fishing leads to trade-offs between fishery productivity and reproductive capacity. Ecosphere 11(3): e03071.

Basurto, X. Bennett, A. Lindkvist, E. Schlüter, M. (2020). Governing the Commons Beyond Harvesting: An Empirical Illustration from Fishing. PlosOne 15(4): e0231575

Lindkvist, E., Wijermans, N., Daw, T. M., Gonzalez-Mon, B., Giron-Nava, A., Johnson, A. F., van Putten, I., Basurto, X., Schlüter, M. (2020). Navigating Complexities: Agent-Based Modeling to Support Research, Governance, and Management in Small-Scale Fisheries. Frontiers in Marine Science 6, 733. doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00733.


Pellowe, K., and Leslie, H. (2019). Heterogeneity among clam harvesters in northwest Mexico shapes individual adaptive capacity. Ecology and Society 24. doi:10.5751/ES-11297-240425.

Frawley, T. H., Briscoe, D. K., Daniel, P. C., Britten, G. L., Crowder, L. B., Robinson, C. J., et al. (2019). Impacts of a shift to a warm-water regime in the Gulf of California on jumbo squid (Dosidicus gigas). ICES J Mar Sci 76, 2413–2426. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsz133.


Giron‐Nava A, Johnson AF, Cisneros‐Montemayor AM, Aburto‐Oropeza O. Managing at Maximum Sustainable Yield does not ensure economic well‐being for artisanal fishers. Fish Fish. 2018;00:1–10.


Pellowe K, Leslie, H (2017). Seasonal variability shapes resilience of small-scale fisheries in Baja California Sur, Mexico. PloS ONE 12(8): e0182200

Media coverage: UMaine scientists highlight value of local-scale knowledge of fish, fishermen

Lindkvist E, Basurto X, Schlüter, M (2017). Micro-level explanations for emergent patterns of self-governance arrangements in small-scale fisheries—A modeling approach. PLoS ONE 12(4): e0175532.

Media coverage: Modelling in Mexico

Johnson AF, Moreno-Báez M, Giron-Nava A, Corominas J, Erisman B, Ezcurra E,  Aburto-Oropeza O (2017). A spatial method to calculate small-scale fisheries effort in data poor scenarios. PLoS ONE 12(4): e0174064.

Media coverage: New Study Suggests Overfishing in One of World’s Most Productive Fishing Regions

Selected key papers leading up to the MAREA project

Aburto-Oropeza, O., Leslie, H. M., Mack-Crane, A., Nagavarapu, S., Reddy, S. M., & Sievanen, L. (2016). Property rights for fishing cooperatives: how (and how well) do they work?. The World Bank Economic Review, lhw001.

Basurto, X., Blanco, E., Nenadovic, M., & Vollan, B. (2016). Integrating simultaneous prosocial and antisocial behavior into theories of collective action. Science advances, 2(3), e1501220.

Biggs, R., Schlüter, M., & Schoon, M. L. (Eds.). (2015). Principles for building resilience: sustaining ecosystem services in social-ecological systems. Cambridge University Press.

Leslie, H. M., Basurto, X., Nenadovic, M., Sievanen, L., Cavanaugh, K. C., Cota-Nieto, Erisman, Finkbeiner,  Hinojosa-Arango, Moreno-Báez, Nagavarapu, Reddy, Sánchez-Rodríguez, Siegel, Ulibarria-Valenzuela, Weaver, & Aburto-Oropeza. (2015). Operationalizing the social-ecological systems framework to assess sustainability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(19), 5979-5984.

Sievanen, L. (2014). How do small-scale fishers adapt to environmental variability? Lessons from Baja California, Sur, Mexico. Maritime Studies, 13(1), 1-19.

Basurto, X., Bennett, A., Weaver, A. H., Rodriguez-Van Dyck, S., & Aceves-Bueno, J. S. (2013). Cooperative and noncooperative strategies for small-scale fisheries’ self-governance in the globalization era: implications for conservation. Ecology and Society.

Reddy, S. M., Wentz, A., Aburto-Oropeza, O., Maxey, M., Nagavarapu, S., & Leslie, H. M. (2013). Evidence of market‐driven size‐selective fishing and the mediating effects of biological and institutional factors. Ecological Applications, 23(4), 726-741.

Leslie, H. M., Schlüter, M., Cudney-Bueno, R., & Levin, S. A. (2009). Modeling responses of coupled social–ecological systems of the Gulf of California to anthropogenic and natural perturbations. Ecological Research, 24(3), 505-519.