Students interested in conservation study planning and management processes for conservation, complex interactions of people and protected areas, and the potential social and ecological impacts of conservation efforts.

Drawing from a variety of social and natural science disciplines, they’ll explore the social, cultural, political and ecological dimensions of conservation. Courses in marine protected area management, interdisciplinary analyses of protected areas, and others equip our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to actively participate in conservation planning and management in the US and around the world.

Students studying Conservation have found positions in natural resource planning and management, environmental organizations, and in academia.



Department of Marine Affairs


Adjunct Professor

URI Coastal Resources Center


Professor and Director of Rhode Island Sea Grant

Department of Marine Affairs


Associate Professor, Joint Appontment

Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Associate Professor, Joint appointment

Department of Marine Affairs; Gender and Women's Studies


Professor; Director of Ocean Nexus

Department of Marine Affairs


  • MAF alum Jessica Vandenberg publishes paper on food security, coral restoration - URI alum Jessica Vandenberg is the lead author of a new paper published in Conservation and Society, titled “Assessing Indicators and Limitations of Food Security Objectives in Coral Reef Restoration.”
  • Marine resource management and conservation in the Anthropocene - Aswani, S., X. Baurto, S. Ferse, M. Glaser, L. Campbell, J. Cinner , T. Dalton, L. Jenkins, M. Miller, R. Pollnac, I. Vaccaro, P. Christie
    In this subject review, we summarize key ways in which the environmental social sciences can better inform fisheries management policy and practice and marine conservation in the Anthropocene.
  • Coral Restoration Social Science and Assessment - Amelia Moore, Austin Humphries, Carlos Garcia-Quijano
    Between 2018 and 2022, a team of URI researchers and students will be assessing the social impacts and effects of a large-scale, corporate funded, community oriented coral restoration project in the Spermonde Archipelago of Indonesia.