Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow), School of Marine and Environmental Affairs


  • Marine Resource Management
  • International Live Reef Fish Trades
  • Human Dimensions of Marine Protected Areas
  • Quantitative Social and Ecological Methods

Todd has worked as a conservation practitioner and researcher in twelve countries across the tropical Pacific for more than a decade.  He is broadly interested in understanding the coupling between marine resource users and marine resources and how these attributes are influenced by state, federal and international management policies and initiatives.  His doctoral research blended ecological and social sciences to examine how a marine protected area network impacted coastal residents and marine resources in Hawai`i.  Prior to his Doctorate, Todd worked for the USDA Forest Service, Florida Museum of Natural History, and Conservation International, and volunteered with the US Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea. He was recently appointed as an Associated Editor for the journal Coastal Management, and continues to work with SMEA faculty on research projects in the Asia-Pacific and Washington.  Todd completed his Bachelors degree in Natural Resource Management from the Colorado State University and Doctorate in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from the Washington State University.


B.S., Natural Resource Management, 1999, Colorado State University

Ph.D., Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, 2013, Washington State University

Dissertation title: Social-Ecological Implications of Using Marine Protected Areas for Managing an Ornamental Fishery in Hawaii.


Stevenson, T. C., and B. N. Tissot. 2014. Current Trends in the Analysis of Co-management Arrangements in Coral Reef Ecosystems: A social–ecological systems perspective. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 7:134–139.

Calado, R., Leal, M.C., Vaz, M.C.M., Brown, C., Rosa, R., Stevenson, T.C., Cooper, C., Tissot, B.N., and Thornhill, D. 2014. Caught in the Act: how US Lacey Act can hamper the fight against cyanide fishing in tropical coral reefs. Conservation Letters. [DOI: 10.1111/conl.12088]

Stevenson, T.C., Tissot, B.N., and Walsh, W.J. 2013. Socioeconomic Consequences of Fishing Displacement from Marine Protected Areas in Hawaii. Biological Conservation, 160: 50–58.

Stevenson, T.C. and Tissot, B.N. 2013. Evaluating Marine Protected Areas for Managing Marine Resource Conflict in Hawaii. Marine Policy 39: 215–223.

Fox, H.E., Haisfield. K.M., Brown, M.S., Stevenson, T.C., Tissot, B.N., Williams, I.D., and Walsh, W.J. 2012. Influences of Oceanographic and Meteorological Features on Reef Fish Recruitment in Hawai`i. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 463: 259–272.

Gjertsen, H. and Stevenson, T.C. 2011. Direct Incentive Approaches for Leatherback Turtle Conservation, pp. 164-182. In: Dutton, P. H., Squires, D., and Ahmed, M. (eds.), Conservation of Pacific Sea Turtles. University of Hawaii Press.

Stevenson, T.C., Tissot, B.N., and Dierking, J. 2011. Fisher Behaviour Influences Catch Productivity and Selectivity in West Hawaii’s Aquarium Fishery. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 68(5): 813–822.

Tissot, B.N., Best, B.A., Borneman, E.H., Bruckner, A.W., Cooper, C.H., D’Agnes, H., Fitzgerald, T.P., Leland, A., Lieberman, S., Amos, A.M.., Sumaila, R., Telecky, T.M.,  McGilvray, F., Plankis, B.J., Rhyne, A.L., Roberts, G.G., Starkhouse, B., and Stevenson, T.C. 2010. How U.S. Ocean Policy and Market Power Can Reform the Coral Reef Wildlife Trade. Marine Policy, 34: 1385–1388.

Beehler, B.M., James, R., Stevenson, T.C., Dutson, G., Martel, F. 2005. East Melanesian Islands, p. 347-358. In: Mittermeier, R., et al. (eds.), Hotspots Revisited. Cemex Publishing.

Beehler, B.M., Stevenson, T.C., Brown, M. 2004. Virgin Rainforest and Conservation. Science 305: 943-944.