Alison Rieser

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Book Chapters and Articles Selected for Anthologies

Textbooks and Teaching Materials

  • Coastal and Ocean Law: Cases and Materials 3rd ed. with J.J. Kalo, R.G. Hildreth, and D.R. Christie, St Paul, MN: Thomson West, 2006 (author of chapters 7 and 8 on fisheries and marine wildlife protection, pp. 513-772, and corresponding chapters in teachers’ manual).

Law Review and Law Journal Articles

Refereed Research Articles

  • “Trawl Fisheries, Catch Shares and the Protection of Benthic Marine Ecosystems: Has Ownership Generated Incentives for Seafloor Stewardship?” with L. Watling and J. Guinotte, Marine Policy (in review, submitted Sept 2012).
  • “The Control of Biological Invasions in the World’s Oceans,” with N. Bax, J.T. Carlton, A. Mathews-Amos, R.L. Haedrich, F.G. Howarth, J.E. Purcell, and A. Gray, Conservation Biology 15(5): 1234-1246 (2001).
  • “Essential Fish Habitat as a Basis for Marine Protected Areas in the U.S. EEZ,” Bulletin of Marine Science 66: 889-899 (2000).
  • “Comment: The Interface between Fisheries Research and Habitat Management,” with P.J. Auster and L.Watling, N. Am. J. Fisheries Mgt. 17: 591-595 (1997).
  • "Measuring and Ex¬plaining Non-Compliance in Federally Managed Fisheries," with J. Sutinen and J. Gauvin, Ocean Development & Int'l Law 21: 335-372 (1990).
  • "U.S. and Canadian Groundfish Manage¬ment in the Gulf of Maine-Georges Bank Region," with J. Bubier, Ocean Management 10: 83-124 (1986).
  • "Scientific Fact and Value in U.S. Ocean Dumping Policy," with J. Spiller, Policy Studies Review 6: 389-98 (1986).
  • "Regulating Oil and Gas Activities in the Flower Garden Banks," with J. Spiller, Oceanus 24: 58-63 (1981).

Book Reviews

  • Review of The Albatross and the Fish: Linked Lives in the Open Seas by R.W. Doughty and V. Carmichael 2011, Annals of the Assoc Amer Geographers (forthcoming).
  • Review of Freedom of the Seas for the 21st Century: Ocean Governance and Environmental Harmony, eds. J. Van Dyke, D. Zaelke, and G. Hewison (1993), Yearbook of Int’l Environmental Law 4: 647-652 (1993).

Conference Proceedings

  • “Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the U.S. EEZ: Legal and Regulatory Concerns,” with S. Bunsick, in Trends and Future Challenges for U.S. National Ocean and Coastal Policy, N.M. Foster, B. Cicin-Sain, and R.W. Knecht, eds., Proceedings of a Workshop, Jan. 22, 1999, Lewes, DL (Washington, DC: NOAA National Ocean Service, 1999).
  • "Assessing Cumulative Impacts," in Ocean Governance: A New Vision, B. Cicin-Sain, ed. (Lewes, DL: Center for the Study of Marine Policy, U. Delaware, 1992).
  • East Coast Fisheries Law and Policy with J. Bubier, eds. (Portland, ME: Marine Law Institute, University of Maine, 1987).
  • "State-Federal Relations in Marine Fisheries Management," in M. Silva, ed., Intergovernmental Relations and Ocean Resources in the 1980s (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1986).
  • Environmental Decision-making in a Transboundary Region, with J. Spiller and D. VanderZwaag, eds. (New York: Springer-Verlag, 1986).
  • "Legal Aspects of Interjurisdictional Fisheries Manage¬ment," in R. Stroud, ed., Multi-jurisdictional Manage¬ment of Marine Fisheries (Savannah: Nat'l Coalition for Marine Conserv., 1986).

National Academy Press Books and Task Force Reports

  • Tackling Marine Debris in the 21st Century, National Research Council, Committee on the Effectiveness of International and National Measures to Prevent and Reduce Marine Debris and Its Impacts (2009)(contributing author).
  • Sustainable Marine Aquaculture: Fulfilling the Promise, Managing the Risks, Report of the Marine Aquaculture Task Force, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Pew Charitable Trusts (2007)(contributing author).
  • Science and its Role in the National Marine Fisheries Service, National Research Council, Committee to Review the National Marine Fisheries Service (2002)(contributing author).
  • Sharing the Fish: Toward a National Policy on Individual Fishing Quotas, National Research Council, Committee to Study Individual Fishing Quotas (1999)(contributing author).
  • Striking a Balance: Improving Stewardship of Marine Areas, National Research Council, Committee on Marine Area Governance and Management (1997) (contributing author).

Invited and Conference Presentations

  • "When the Best Available Science Becomes ‘An Inconvenient Truth’: Safreguarding Science in an Era of Climate Denial," 9th Marine Law Symposium, Roger Williams University School of Law, Marine Affairs Institute, Bristol, RI, Nov. 15, 2012.
  • “Too Good to Last, Too Precious to Eat: How Scientists Used the Endangered Species Act to Change the Most Popular Seafood Species into a Conservation Icon,” guest lecture presented in Wildlife Law (Prof. R. Anderson) and U.S. Coastal & Ocean Law (Prof. W. Rodgers), May 14, 2012.
  • “Black Holes and Blue Legacies: Large-scale Marine Protected Areas in the Exclusive Economic Zone,” Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Law, Florida State University College of Law, March 14, 2012.
  • “Too Precious to Eat: Archie Carr and the Listing of the Green Sea Turtle as an Endangered Species,” Natural Resources and Environmental Law Workshop (Prof. M. Caldwell), Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA, Oct. 3, 2011.
  • “MPAs in Deep Water Are Not All Created Equal,” with L. Watling and J. Guinotte, presented at Second International Marine Conservation Congress, Victoria, BC, Canada, May 17, 2011.
  • “The Wisdom of the Polar Bear: Lessons from Past and Future Oil Spills,” presented at 40th anniversary celebration of George Washington University Law School’s Environmental Law Program, Washington, D.C., Nov. 6, 2010.
  • “Dispatches from the Benthos: Catch Shares and the Promise of Industry Stewardship,” presented at the 8th Marine Law Symposium, Roger Williams University School of Law, Marine Affairs Institute, Bristol, RI, Nov. 5, 2010.
  • “Endangered Species, Endangered Cultures: Is Hawaii Ready to De-List the Green Sea Turtle?” presented at Environmental Law Colloquium, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, March 3, 2009.
  • “Do Whales Need US? Global Warming and Reform of the International Whaling Regime,” presented at MIT-Boston College Symposium on Climate Change and the Great Whales of the Atlantic, Newton and Cambridge, MA, Oct. 15-16, 2008.
  • “Beauty, Boundaries and Baselines: An Environmental History of Papahanaumokuakea Hawaiʻi’s Marine National Monument,” Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Lecture, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, May 2, 2008.
  • “The Changing Climate of High Seas Fisheries Governance,” presented at Workshop on Climate Change and the Socio-economics of Managing Top Oceanic Predators, University of California at Santa Barbara, Marine Science Institute, Santa Barbara, CA, April 12, 2007.
  • “The Sea Turtle Trials: Conservation Research and Science-based Advocacy,” presented at University of Connecticut, Avery Point, CT, March 18, 2005; University of Wollongong, Center for Maritime Policy, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, April 17, 2005; and James Cook University, Centre for Coral Reef Research, Townsville, QLD Australia, April 20, 2005.
  • “Prescriptions for Fisheries Reform: Is Rights-based Management Compatible with an Ecosystems Approach?” presented at Bevan Symposium on Sustainable Fisheries, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, April 29, 2004; and Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, Pacific Grove, CA, June 4, 2004.
  • “Science is Not the Problem, but the ‘Best Available Science’ is Not Enough,” presentation at a symposium, “Tough Decisions: Dealing with Uncertainty in Managing Marine Fisheries,” AAAS Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, Feb. 15, 2004 (co-organized with Josh Eagle, Stanford Fisheries Law Project).
  • “The Legal Authority of the U.S. to Prevent Ship Strikes of North Atlantic Right Whales,” presentation to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission (with Prof. Daniel Bodansky), Newport, Rhode Island, Oct. 23, 2003.
  • Conservation Scholar-in-Residence, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Program in Marine Conservation Biology (one public lecture and two class lectures), July 20-24, 2003.
  • “The Dolphin-Safe Label Decision and the Best Available Science,” AAAS Annual Meeting, Symposium on Social Science in Conservation (M. Mascia organizer), Denver, CO, Feb. 14, 2003.
  • “The Legal Requirement to Address Fishing Effects on Habitat: When is Habitat Protection ‘Practicable’?” Symposium on Effects of Fishing Activities on Benthic Habitats, American Fisheries Society and Ecological Society of America, Tampa, FL, Nov. 14, 2002.
  • “Scientific Uncertainty and the ‘Best Available Science’ Standard in U.S. Marine Law,” Ocean Governance Symposium, University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, April 4, 2002.
  • “Train Wrecks and Paradigm Shifts: Reconciling Law and Science in the Quest for an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries,” Natural Resources and Environmental Law Workshop, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA, April 17, 2001.
  • “Problems in the Management of Marine Fisheries under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act,” Pew Oceans Commission, Maui, Feb. 9, 2001.
  • “Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management under U.S. Law,” National Association of Environmental Law Societies, Conference on Ocean and Environmental Law, Stanford Law School, Mar. 10, 2000.
  • “Environmental Law Scholarship and the Fishing Quotas Debate,” Symposium on Trends in Environmental Law Education and Scholarship, Harvard Law School, Nov. 21, 1998.
  • “Essential Fish Habitat as a Basis for Marine Reserves in the U.S. EEZ,” Mote Marine Laboratory International Symposium on Marine Reserves and Essential Fish Habitat, Sarasota, FL, Nov. 5, 1998.
  • “The Precautionary Principle and International Fisheries Law,” Law of the Sea Symposium, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, Oct. 30, 1998.
  • “International Law and Marine Biodiversity,” Workshop in International Environmental Law Research, Georgetown University Law Center, Oct. 2, 1998.
  • “The Legal Framework for Biological Control of Introduced Marine Species,” Workshop on Controlling Established Populations of Alien Marine Species, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, Leavenworth, WA, May 28, 1998.
  • “Valuing the Shoreline through Transferable Development Rights,” Symposium on Public Values and Private Lands: Balancing Development and Farmland Preservation, New York University Law School, Feb. 12, 1998.
  • “The Precautionary Approach to Protecting Fisheries Habitat,” Symposium on Marine Conservation Biology, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada, June 7, 1997.

Selected Research Grant and Contract Reports

  • Legal Authority of the United States to Adopt Measures to Protect Right Whales from Ship Strikes, A Report to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission (with D. Bodansky, 2003).
  • The Global Marine Aquarium Trade: A Legal and Policy Assessment, A Report to the Hawaii Audubon Society (with K. Boggiatto, 2003).
  • Legal Assessment of the Councils’ Role under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act, A Report to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (with J.P. Walsh and H. Wilson, 2002).
  • State Fisheries Jurisdiction in the Gulf of Maine: A Legal and Policy Analysis for the Maine State Planning Office & Maine Dept. of Marine Resources (with J.M. Van Dyke, 1997).
  • Methodologies and Mechanisms for Management of Cumulative Coastal Environmental Impacts, NOAA Coastal Ocean Program, Decision Analysis Series No. 6 (with B.A. Vestal, 1995).
  • Spill: The Wreck of the Exxon Valdez, Vol. III, Policy Options to Prevent Future Spills, Alaska Oil Spill Commission (with Sea Grant Legal Research Team: Z. Plater, R. Johnson, and H. Bader, 1990).
  • North Atlantic Water Dependent Use Study, Vol. I, Managing the Shoreline for Water Dependent Uses: A Handbook of Legal Tools; Vol. II, Guidebook to the Economics of Waterfront Planning and Water Dependent Uses (with B. Vestal, D.G. Terkla, P.B. Doeringer, and D. Merriam, 1988)(NOAA Office of Coastal Zone Management).