Priscila Lopes

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

I am a biologist, with a master’s degree and a PhD in Ecology, with a special interest in Human Ecology. I am especially interested in small-scale fisheries dynamics and management. I have studied both the Brazilian coastal and Amazon small-scale/artisanal fisheries, focusing on the fishers’ strategies and behaviors that could lead to (un)sustainable exploitation of fishing resources. In some of my studies, I try to understand fishers’ decision-making processes through the use of ecological-economic models and local ecological knowledge. I have also been interested in linking social and ecological resilience and the mechanisms driving compliance and functioning of effective fisheries co-management arrangements.