John "Jack" Kittinger

Former Early Career Social Science Fellow

Specialties: Fisheries, Land-Sea Interactions, Ocean Conservation, Pacific Nations

John N. (“Jack”) Kittinger was an early career social science fellow with a background as a human geographer and coastal ecologist with broad interests in understanding and advancing solutions to complex problems that face society and the ocean environment. His research explores how social, economic and cultural factors influence the ways in which people use, perceive and govern natural resources, with a particular emphasis on using applied social science to inform environmental management, planning and policy. He has extensive experience coordinating multidisciplinary teams in cross-cutting research and frequently works with other researchers on social-ecological systems research.  Many of Kittinger’s research projects have focused on applying the results of basic research to community planning and management, and he often collaborates with scientists, managers and community stakeholders in knowledge-to-action partnerships to bridge science to policy and practice.  His current research focuses on linking ecosystem services and food security to community well-being, collaborative planning and resource co-management, and social resilience and vulnerability to environmental and social change.  Kittinger works primarily in Hawai‘i, the Pacific Islands and the Asia-Pacific region.

Jack Kittinger is a council member representing research on the advisory council of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, his M.S. in marine science and environmental studies from the University of San Diego and his B.S. in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Jack left the Center in 2014 for a position as director of the Hawai'i Fish Trust.

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