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Engaged Scholarship Activities



Scientific Advisory Team Member (inaugural cohort). National Ocean Protection Coalition (NOPC).


Advisory Board Member. Panamanian Alliance for Community Based Tourism (PACT) Initiative.       Read More


Leaders for Sea Change Program. COMPASS – Science Communication.      Read More 



Research and Articles

Since the start of their career, Ana Spalding has been committed to producing a high standard of published work. They have a number of upcoming articles earmarked for scholarly journals currently in peer review.

For a more current list of Dr. Spalding's publications, please see her CV.



Wade, E., Spalding, A. K., Biedenweg, K. (2019). Integrating Property Rights into Fisheries Management: The case of the managed access rogram in Belize. Submitted to: Marine Policy 108: 103631.


Narchi, N. E., Cariño, M., Mesa-Jurado, M. A., Espinoza-Tenorio, A., Olivos-Ortiz, A., Capistrán, M. M. E., ... & Cervantes, O. (2018). El CoLaboratorio de Oceanografía Social: Espacio plural para la conservación integral de los mares y las sociedades costeras. Sociedad y Ambiente 18: 285-301.


Spalding, A. K. (2018). Re-making Lives Abroad: Lifestyle migration and socio-environmental change in Bocas del Toro, Panama. In: Coastal Resources of Bocas del Toro, Panama: Tourism and Development Pressures and the Quest for Sustainability. University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. 263 pp.


Suman, D. O. & Spalding, A. K. (Editors). (2018). Coastal Resources of Bocas del Toro, Panama: Tourism and Development Pressures and the Quest for Sustainability. University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. 263 pp.


Spalding, A. K., & Mellado, M. E. (2018). From the Discovery of the Mar del Sur to the Creation of Unlikely Connections Between Panama and the United States. In Coastal Heritage and Cultural Resilience (pp. 39-61). Springer, Cham.


Mateo-Vega, J., Spalding, A. K., Hickey, G. M., & Potvin, C. (2018). Deforestation, Territorial Conflicts, and

Pluralism in the Forests of Eastern Panama: A place for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest

degradation? Case Studies in the Environment.


Spalding, A. K., Biedenweg, K., Hettinger, A., & Nelson M. P. (2017). Demystifying the Human Dimension of Ecological Research. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(3): 119–119.


Spalding, A. K. (2017). Exploring Land Tenure in Panama: Linking land policy with development outcomes. Land Use Policy 61: 543-552.


Spalding, A. K. & Biedenweg, K. (2017). Socializing the Coast: Engaging the human dimension of current tropical coastal science research. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 187: 1-8.


Spalding, A. K, Suman, D. O. & Mellado, M. E. (2015). Navigating the Evolution of Marine Policy in Panama: Current policies and community responses in the Pearl Islands and Bocas del Toro Archipelagos of Panama. Marine Policy 62: 161-168.


Spalding, A. K. (2013). Exploring Environmental Outcomes of Lifestyle Migration: Land cover change and land use transitions in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. Journal of Latin American Geography 12(3): 179-202.


Spalding, A. K. (2013). Lifestyle Migration to Bocas del Toro, Panama: Exploring migration strategies and introducing local implications of the search for paradise. International Review of Social Research 3(1): 65-84.



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