Shankar Aswani

University of California, USA

Shankar Aswani received his Ph.D. degree in 1997 from the University of Hawaii. He is an Associate Professor of anthropology and the interdepartmental graduate program in marine sciences at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Aswani has conducted research in the Western Solomons Islands since 1992. His projects have focused on a diversity of subjects including property rights and common property resources, marine indigenous environmental knowledge, cultural ecology and human behavioral ecology of fishing, demography, ethnohistory, political ecology, economic anthropology, and applied anthropology. He also has developed a network of locally managed marine-protected areas (32 MPAs) and small-scale rural development projects in the Roviana, Vonavona, and Marovo Lagoons with funds provided by the MacArthur and Packard Foundations, CI, NSF, and Pew, among others. He heads a program named the Western Solomons Conservation Program (WSCP), which is still growing and expanding across the region. As a result of this effort, a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation was awarded to Aswani in 2005, the first time in its 15-year history that the world’s premier award in marine conservation has been given to an anthropologist. He is also involved in archaeological projects in the Solomon Islands and more recently in a project sponsored by the National Geographic Society in the Marquesas, French Polynesia. His extensive publications include articles in the journals Ambio, Aquatic Conservation, Asian Perspectives, Biological Conservation, Current Anthropology, Coastal Management, Coral Reefs, Environmental Conservation, Human Ecology, Human Organization, JPS, Science, and Ocean and Coastal Management, among others.

Biography Updated on 23 February 2011

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