Caroline (Carrie) Pomeroy, PhD, is a California Sea Grant Extension Specialist based at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Pomeroy is a social scientist whose work focuses on the human dimensions – the social, cultural and economic aspects – of California fisheries, broader marine social-ecological systems, and associated governance. Her work is aimed at identifying research-based solutions to opportunities and challenges facing fisheries and fishing communities in particular and the broader range of ocean users more generally. Pomeroy earned her PhD from Texas A&M University, master’s degree from the University of Miami, and bachelor’s degree from Yale University.
- Human dimensions of fisheries
- Fisheries and marine policy
- Climate change, fisheries and communities
- Seafood safety and direct marketing
- Harmful algal blooms
- Marine space use coordination
Pomeroy uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative social science research approaches, including ethnographic, survey and archival research, integrating diverse types and sources of data to produce contextualized results. Her current work includes research and extension on the development and use of social scientific information about human systems in fisheries management, climate change impacts on and implications for fisheries, and marine spatial planning that addresses the needs of diverse ocean users including fisheries, aquaculture and marine renewable energy interests.
Extension & Outreach
Pomeroy works closely with fishery participants, communities and managers statewide. She also provides technical advice to governmental agencies, resource users, communities, and environmental organizations on resource management, working waterfronts, social science research to inform decision-making, and related topics. In addition, she works on the development of informational materials about local fisheries and their temporal and spatial dynamics, fishing communities, port infrastructure, seafood direct (or alternative) marketing, and seafood safety.
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Pomeroy C, Georgilas N, Aseltine-Neilson D, & Bartling R. 2018. Socioeconomic Guidance for the California Marine Life Management Act Amended Master Plan. Prepared under contract for the California Ocean Protection Council and the Resources Legacy Fund: 119p. View PDF.
Aguilera SE, Broad K, & Pomeroy C. 2018. Adaptive Capacity of the Monterey Bay Wetfish Fisheries: Proactive Responses to the 2015–16 El Niño Event. Society & Natural Resources, 1338-1357. doi: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1471176
Chavez FP, Chavez FP, Costello C, Aseltine-Neilson D, Doremus H, Field JC, Gaines SD, Hall-Arber M, Mantua NJ, McCovey B, Pomeroy C, Sievanen L, Sydeman W, & Wheeler SA et al. 2017. Readying California Fisheries for Climate Change. Oakland, CA, California Ocean Science Trust: 70p. View PDF
Pomeroy C, Galligan M, Reilly P, & Culver C. 2016. Collaborative Fisheries Research to Build Socioeconomic Essential Fishery Information: A Test Case. Report to Collaborative Fisheries Research West, California Ocean Protection Council: 99p. View PDF
Pomeroy C, Hall-Arber M, & Conway F. 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
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)