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NOAA Fisheries Personnel Default Profile

Changhua Weng, Ph.D.

Social Scientist (Contractor)
Resource Evaluation and Assessment
Social Sciences
Office: (401) 782-3224
Email: changhua.weng@noaa.gov

Changhua Weng, Ph.D.

Social Scientist (Contractor)

NOAA Publications


Changhua received a B.S. in environmental science from Fujian Normal University in 2004 and a master's degree in environmental management from Xiamen University in 2007 back in her home country China. Changhua attended the University of Rhode Island (URI) and received a Ph.D. in Marine Affairs in December 2012. During her study at URI, Changhua joined the Social Sciences Branch of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center as a graduate research assistant in May of 2010. Upon her graduation from URI in 2012, Changhua started working full-time for the Social Science Branch as a Fishery Social Scientist.


Changhua is working closely with Dr. Lisa Colburn on the development of social indicators of fishing community vulnerability and resilience to changing fishery management and climate conditions. Her recent focus is on evaluating potential impacts of sea level rise/coastal storm surge on fishing infrastructure and fishing related businesses. She is also part of the national effort in a recently completed analysis of fishing community vulnerability and resilience for Catch Share Programs in the Northeastern U.S.

Changhua was also involved in the Job Satisfaction research in the Northeastern U.S. fishing communities, as well as a one year follow-up study of the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the commercial and recreational fishing industries in New York and New Jersey.