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Associate Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (formerly Wakefield Professor of Ocean and Fishery Sciences)


David Fluharty is an Associate Professor [WOT] at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs where he has been employed since 1976.  He is the former Wakefield Professor of Ocean and Fisheries Sciences. His doctoral degree is from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources in the interdisciplinary field of Natural Resource Conservation and Planning.  His research and teaching interests are in natural resource policy and management at national and international levels, ecosystem approaches for management of marine resources [including integrated coastal management, coastal and marine spatial planning, ecosystem-based fisheries management, and marine protected area management], and regional effects of global climate change in the Pacific Northwest and the Arctic. 

Significant professional activities include:  Chair, NOAA Science Advisory Board 2006-2010; Chair, External Ecosystem Research Team for NOAA-wide Ecosystem Science and Research 2005 - 2007; Advisor of  National Center for Ecosystem Analysis and Synthesis [NCEAS] study groups on Marine Protected Areas, Models for Fisheries Ecosystems 2002-2005, and Ecosystem Management Feasibility in Tropical Areas 2006-2009; Member, North Pacific Fishery Management Council 1994-2003;  Associate Editor, Coastal Management Journal; Chair, Editorial Board, Marine Protected Area News and Marine Ecosystems And Management; Member, National Research Council Study on Evaluation, Design and Monitoring of MPAs and Reserves for the United States 1998-2000; Chair, Ecosystem Principles Advisory Panel 1997-2000 reporting to Congress on Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management. Member, Murray-Metcalf Northwest Straits Citizen Advisory Commission 1997-1999 , Co-Chair, Institutional and Regulatory Issues, Sub-Committee and Member, Scientific Advisory Committee for Puget Sound Water Quality Authority1984 – 1987, Member, Puget Sound Science Advisory Committee, U.S. Environment Protection Agency 1985-1987 Member, WA Department of Ecology/US Environmental Protection Agency Puget Sound Action Program Implementation Committee 1984-1986,  Member, WA Department of Ecology, Secondary Treatment Committee 1985-1987, Vice-Chair, Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, 1983-85.


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1977
  • M.A., University of Washington, 1972
  • B.A., University of Washington, 1968


  • Ecosystem approaches to marine resource management including integrated coastal management, coastal and marine spatial planning
  • Ecosystem-based fishery management
  • Marine protected area management

Additional Background

  • Senior Research Associate, School of Marine Affairs, 1989-91
  • Research Associate, School of Marine Affairs, 1983-89
  • Freelance researcher, 1982-83
  • Research Associate, School of Marine Affairs, 1978-82
  • Postdoctoral research, School of Marine Affairs, 1976-78

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. David Fluharty

Selected Publications

Levin, P.S., M.J. Fogarty, S.A. Murawski, and D. Fluharty.  2009.  "Integrated Ecosystem Assessments: Developing the Scientific Basis for Ecosystem-Based Management of the Ocean."  PLoS Biol.  7(1): e1000014.

Gunderson, D.R., A.M. Parma, R. Hillborn, J.M. Cope, D.L. Fluharty, M.L. Miller, R.D. Vetter, S.S. Heppell, and H.G. Greene.  2008.  "The Challenge of Managing Nearshore Rocky Reef Resources."  Fisheries.  33(4): 172-179.

Fluharty, D.  2005.  "Evolving ecosystem approaches to management of fisheries in the USA."  In: Browman, H.I. and K.I. Stergiou (eds) Politics and socio-economics of ecosystem-based management of marine resources.  Mar Ecol Prog Ser.  300:248-253.

Pikitch, E.K., C. Santora, E.A. Babcock, A. Bakun, R. Bonfil, D.O. Conover, P. Dayton, P. Doukakis, D. Fluharty, B. Heneman, E.D. Houde, J. Link, P.A. Livingston, M. Mangel, M.K. McAliister, J. Pope, and K.J. Sainsbury.  2004.  "Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management."  Science.  305(5682):346-347. 

Christie, P., B.J. McKay, M.L. Miller, C. Lowe, A.T. White, R. Stoffle, D.L. Fluharty, L.T. McManus, R. Chuenpagdee, C. Pomeroy, D.O. Suman, B.G. Blount, D. Huppert, R.V. Eisma, E. Oracion, K. Lowry, and R.B. Pollnac.  2003.  "Toward Developing a Complete Understanding: A Social Science Research Agenda for Marine Protected Areas."  Fisheries.  28(12):22-26. 

Kaczynski, V.M. and D.L. Fluharty.  2002.  "European policies in West Africa: who benefits from fisheries agreements?"  Marine Policy.  26(2):75-93. 

Miles, E.L., A.K. Snover, A.F. Hamlet, B. Callhan, and D. Fluharty.  2000.  "Pacific Northwest Regional Assessment: The Impacts of Climate Variability and Climate Change on the Water Resources of he Columbia River Basin."  Journal of the American Water Resources Association.  36(2): 399-420.   

Fluharty, D.  2000.  "Habitat Protection, Ecological Issues, and Implementation of the Sustainable Fisheries Act."  Ecological Applications.  10(2): 325-337.

Fluharty, D. and N. Cyr.  2001.  "Implementing Ecosystem-Based Management of Fisheries in the Context of U.S. Regional Fisheries Management: Recommendations of the NMFS Ecosystem Advisory Panel."  CalCOFI Report.  42:66-73.

Witherell, D., C. Pautzke, and D. Fluharty.  2000.  "An ecosystem-based approach for Alaska groundfish fisheries."  ICES Journal of Marine Science.  57:771-777. 

Nishida, T. and D. Fluharty.  1999.  "Toward Sustainable and Responsible Tuna Fisheries."  Reviews in Fisheries Science.  7(3-4): 281-302. 

Fluharty, D.  1996.  "Magnuson Fishery Management and Conservation Act Reauthorization and Fishery Management Needs in the North Pacific Region."  Tulane Environmental Law Journal.  9:301-328.

Fluharty, D.L.  1994.  "Current Issues in Coastal Zone Management."  Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy.  9(1):53-58. 

Miles, E.L. and D.L. Fluharty.  1991.  "U.S. Interests in the North Pacific."  Ocean Development & International Law.  22(4):315-342. 

Hershman, M.J., D.L. Fluharty, and S. Powell.  1988.  State and Local Influence Over Offshore Oil Decisions.  Washington Sea Grant Program, Seattle.  297 pp.

Fluharty, D.L.  1984.  "The Chrysanthemum and the coast: Management of coastal areas in Japan."  Coastal Zone Management Journal.  12(1): 1-17.

Miles, E.L., D.L. Fluharty, S.R. Gibbs, C. Dawson, D. Teeter, W.S. Wooster, and W.M. Kaczynski.  1982.  The Management of Marine Regions: The North Pacific.  Berkeley: University of California Press.  656 pp. 

Miles, E.L., J.S. Sherman, D.L. Fluharty, S.R. Gibbs, et al.  1982.  Atlas of Marine Uses in the North Pacific Region.  Berkeley: University of California Press.  103 pp. 

Fluharty, D. and C. Dawson.  1979.  "Management of living resources in the northeast pacific and the unilateral extension of the 200-mile fisheries zone."  Ocean Development & International Law.  6(1): 1-72.

Fluharty, D.L.  1976.  "Sources of International Law Related to Natural Resources."  Ambio.  5(2):66.