Shannon Swanson

Stanford MARINE Student Liaison

Specialties: Ocean Education

Stanford Liaison Since

Shannon is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, a Teresa Elms and Robert D. Lindsay Fellow and a National Geographic Young Explorer. She uses the frameworks of political ecology and institutional analysis and development to study resilience of fishing communities in developing island nations in South East Asia and Oceania and how they are affected by NGO and government interventions, such as marine protected areas and alternative livelihood projects. Drawing from her career as a conservation/travel photojournalist, she is also interested in further developing participatory methods of research using film and photography. Before coming to Stanford, she received a masters in Coastal Management from Duke University and a B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara.