Pomeroy is based in the Monterey Bay region of Central California and works statewide. Stewardship, long-term social and economic well-being, and responsible use of California’s coastal and marine resources are at the heart of California Sea Grant's mission. Pomeroy supports this mission by conducting research and outreach programs that focus on the social, cultural and economic (“human dimensions”) aspects of fisheries and coastal communities, and finding research-based solutions to opportunities and challenges facing fisheries and fishing communities.
Pomeroy is a social scientist interested in the human dimensions of fisheries and fishing communities, and how environmental, regulatory, social and economic factors affect their function and well-being. She is conducting several research projects that engage California’s fishing communities to better understand trends in fisheries and coastal communities, identify sources of resilience and vulnerability, and help evaluate and inform management. She also is studying the human dimensions of seafood production and consumption in the context of local marketing and public health protection. She uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative social science research approaches, including ethnographic, survey and archival research, and integrating diverse types and sources of data to afford contextualized results.
Education and Outreach
In addition to conducting research, Pomeroy helps organizations conduct workshops to evaluate and disseminate information useful for the development of marine policy. Pomeroy provides technical advice to governmental agencies, resource users and communities, and environmental organizations on resource management, working waterfronts and related topics. She has assisted with the development of the Monterey Bay area Voices of the Bay Fisheries Education Project, providing social science information, and serving on its advisory board since its inception in 2005. She also is working on the development of informational materials that educate communities about local fisheries and fishing communities, including development of the Discover California Commercial Fisheries and Market Your Catch websites.
Pomeroy earned her bachelor's degree from Yale University, master's in Marine Policy from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and doctorate in the Human Dimensions of Fisheries from Texas A&M University. Her dissertation research examined social factors associated with cooperation in the commons in the context of a Mexican fishery. Prior to becoming a California Sea Grant extension specialist, she was a research scientist and lecturer at UC Santa Cruz, where she conducted applied research on the human dimensions of California fisheries, and developed and taught a marine policy course for undergraduate and graduate students.
Aguilera, S., K. Broad & C. Pomeroy. 2018. Adaptive Capacity of the Monterey Bay Wetfish Fisheries: Proactive Responses to the 2015–16 El Niño Event, Society & Natural Resources, doi: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1471176.
Helvey, M., C. Pomeroy, C. Narish, D. Squires, S. Stohs. 2017. Can the United States Have Its Fish and Eat It Too? Marine Policy Vol. 75, January 2017, Pages 62-67. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.10.013 [Open Access Version]
Aguilera, S., J. Cole, E.M. Finkbeiner, E. Le Cornu, N.C. Ban, M.H. Carr, J.E. Cinner, L.B. Crowder, S. Gelcich, C.C. Hicks, J.N. Kittinger, R. Martone, D. Malone, C. Pomeroy, R.M. Starr, S. Seram, R. Zuercher, and K. Broad. 2015. Managing small-scale commercial fisheries for adaptive capacity: Insights from dynamic social-ecological drivers of change in Monterey Bay. PLOS ONE 10(3). Open Access
Pomeroy, C., M. Hall-Arber and F. Conway. 2015. Power and perspective: Fisheries and the ocean commons beset by demands of development. Marine Policy 61: 339-346. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2014.11.016
Sullivan, C.M., F. Conway, C. Pomeroy, M. Hall-Arber and D.J. Wright. 2015. Combining geographic information systems and ethnography to better understand and plan ocean space use. Applied Geography 59: 70-77. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.11.027
Chavez, F. P., C. Costello, D. Aseltine-Neilson, H. Doremus, J. C. Field, S. D. Gaines, M. Hall-Arber, N. J. Mantua, B. McCovey, C. Pomeroy, L. Sievanen, W. Sydeman and S. A. Wheeler. 2017. Readying California Fisheries for Climate Change. Oakland, CA: California Ocean Science Trust, 70p. View PDF
Pomeroy, C., M. Galligan, P. Reilly & C. Culver, 2016. Collaborative Fisheries Research to Build Socioeconomic Essential Fishery Information: A Test Case. CFR West Final Report, R/OPCCFRW‐7MG, 99p. View PDF
Culver, C., C. Pomeroy, S. Schroeter, M. Page and D. Neilson. 2016. Integrating Collaborative Data Collection With Management: A Lobster Fishery Test Case. Final Report. CFR West Project R/OPCCFRW-2A/2B, 85 p. View PDF
Pomeroy, C., C. Thomson and M. Stevens. 2010. California's North Coast Fishing Communities: Historical Perspective and Recent Trends. California Sea Grant Technical Report T-072, La Jolla: California Sea Grant, 340 pp. View PDF
Lester, S.E., K.M. Mcleod, H.M. Tallis, M. Ruckelshaus, B.S. Halpern, P.S. Levin, F.P. Chavez, C. Pomeroy, B.J. McCay, C. Costello, A.J. Mace, D.L. Fluharty, S.D. Gaines, J.A. Barth and J.K. Parrish. 2010. Science in support of ecosystem-based management for the US West Coast and beyond. Biological Conservation. 143(3):576-587. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2009.11.021
Mazzillo, F.M., C. Pomeroy, J. Kuo, P.T. Ramondi, R. Prado and M.W. Silver. 2010. Exposure of anglers to domoic acid-contaminated fish caught in Monterey Bay, California. Aquatic Biology 9(1):1-12. Open Access
Starr, R.M., C.S. Culver, C. Pomeroy, S. McMillan, T. Barnes and D. Aseltine-Neilson. 2010. Managing data-poor fisheries: Case studies, models and solutions. Workshop proceedings. Final Data-Poor Fisheries Workshop, 1-4 December 2008. View PDF
Bauer, M., T.M. Leschine, P. Hoagland, D.L. Ayres, B.G. Blount, L.L. Lamp, C. Pomeroy, C.W. Scherer, J. Schumacker, K.G. Sellner, M.R. Sengco, and P.A. Tester. 2009. Human dimensions research strategies for harmful algal bloom response: Enhancing scientific support for coastal decision-making. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8(2): 75-83. doi:10.1890/070181
Hall-Arber, M., C. Pomeroy and F.D.L. Conway. 2009. Figuring out the human dimensions of fisheries: Illuminating models. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science. 1:300-314. Open Access
Pomeroy, C. and M. Stevens. 2008. Santa Cruz Harbor Commercial Fishing Community Profile. California Fishing Communities Project. University of California Sea Grant College Program T-066, San Diego, CA, 34 pp. View PDF