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Kirsten Leong, Ph.D.

Social Scientist
Ecosystem Sciences Division / Ocean Synthesis and Human Dimensions Program
Human dimensions of fish and wildlife management
Office: (808) 725-5398
Email: kirsten.leong@noaa.gov

Kirsten Leong, Ph.D.

Social Scientist

Kirsten Leong has worked as a human dimensions specialist in biological conservation of federal lands and waters for over 15 years. She uses social science to better understand controversies over perceptions of natural resources and their management. She has published in areas such as governance, public participation, and managing human and animal behavior. Her current research includes broadening ecosystem-based fisheries models to better represent social-ecological systems, communicating risks about sources of seafood and interactions with protected species, and examining cultural aspects of artisanal fisheries.