Affiliate Professor; Research Professor, University of Rhode Island, Department of Marine Affairs


Research Professor, Department of Marine Affairs & Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island.


B.A. Pennsylvania State U., Anthropology, 1968; Ph.D. U. of Missouri, Anthropology, 1972


Prior to 2007 research and consulting concerning fishery and coastal development projects was carried out in East and West Africa, South and Central America, the Azores, the Middle East, India, New England, USA, SE Alaska, and Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand  & Vietnam).

2006-2009  Fieldwork in Central America and the Caribbean evaluating factors influencing success of marine protected areas. (NSF funded, Co-PI)

2005-2009  Preparation of fishery community profiles for the Northeast Region (NOAA, CMER funded, PI).

2007-2009  Fieldwork ground-truthing fishery community profiles and  numerical taxonomies of fishing communities for the Northeast Region (NOAA, CMER funded, PI).

2007-2009  Fieldwork concerning networking of marine protected areas, Cebu, Philippines July-August, 2007. (Governance Feasibility of marine ecosystem-based management: A comparative Analysis; National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis Co-PI with Patrick Christie).

2007-2009  Job Satisfaction in Capture Fisheries: A Comparative Study. Ecosystems, Societies, Consilience and the Precautionary Principle: Development of an assessment method for societal cost for best fishing practices and efficient public policies, (European Commission through U. of Amsterdam).

2009  Job satisfaction, well-being & change in New England Fishing Communities (funded by NOAA Fisheries & the RI Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation).

2010  Fieldwork for Post evaluation of Population, Health, Environment project in the Visayas, Philippines (Funded by USAID).

2010-2011  Job satisfaction, well-being & change in Northeast Region Fishing Communities (funded by NOAA Fisheries).

2010  Fieldwork for evaluation of sociocultural aspects of marine reserve governance in Puget Sound (funded by Washington Sea Grant; P. Christie, PI).

2011-2012  Fieldwork for evaluation of introduction of turtle excluder devices and ring hooks into the Ecuador shrimp and pelagic fin-fish fisheries (Funded by NSF: Kiki Jenkins and P. Christie CoPIs).

2011-2013 Fieldwork for the establishment of a baseline and monitoring system for a new Population, Health and Environment project in Bohol, Batangas, and Mindoro Occidental & Oriental the Philippines (Co-PI with Brian Crawford, Funded by BALANCED Project, funded by USAID).

2011-2012  Social Indicators Study: Improving the Conduct of Social Impact Assessments (SIAs) in the Northeast Region with a Focus on Community Resilience and Vulnerability (Funded by NOAA Fisheries).

2012-2013  A Multi-Scale Network Analysis of the Cumulative Effects of Fishery Management Regulations on Fishing Communities in the Northeastern U.S. (Funded by NOAA Fisheries).

2012-2013  Analysis of networks between inshore scientists in Puget Sound, WA (Funded by Puget Sound Partnership, Patrick Christie Co-PI)

2013 Fieldwork for monitoring Population, Health and Environment project in the Philippines (Co-PI with Brian Crawford, Funded by BALANCED Project, funded by USAID


Prior to 2010, 117 publications.

Hoelting, K., C. Hard, P. Christie, & R.B. Pollnac  2012 Factors Affecting Support for Puget Sound Marine Protected Areas.  Fisheries Research (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2012.10.006).

Dalton, Tracey, G. Forrester & R.B. Pollnac 2012 Participation, Process Quality and Performance of Marine Protected Areas in the Wider Caribbean.  Environmental Management 49:1224-1237.

Hard, Clara, Kristin R. Hoelting, Patrick Christie & Richard B. Pollnac 2012 Collaboration, Legitimacy, and Awareness in Puget Sound MPAs, Coastal Management, 40:3, 312-326.

Pollnac, R.B., Maarten Bavinck & Iris Monnereau 2012 Job Satisfaction in Fisheries Compared.  Social Indicators Research 109:119-133.

Pollnac, R.B. and D. Kotowicz 2012 Post Tsunami Job Satisfaction Among the Fishers of Na Pru Village, on the Andaman Sea Coast of Thailand. Social Indicators Research 109:67-80.

Monnereau, Iris and  Richard Pollnac 2012  Which Fishers are Satisfied in the Caribbean? A Comparative Analysis of Job Satisfaction Among Caribbean Lobster Fishers. Social Indicators Research 109:95-118.

Bavinck, Maarten, Richard Pollnac,  Iris Monnereau and Pierre Failler 2012 Introduction to the Special Issue on Job Satisfaction in Fisheries in the Global South. Social Indicators Research 109:1-10.

Smith, S.L., R.B. Pollnac, L.L. Colburn & J. Olson 2011  Classification of Coastal Communities Reporting Commercial Fish Landings in the U.S. Northeast Region: Developing and Testing a Methodology.  Marine Fisheries Review 73(2): 41-61.

Dalton, T. G. Forrester & R.B. Pollnac  2011  Formal Co-management Arrangements and MPA Success in the Wider Caribbean. Proceedings of the 63rd Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute November 1 - 5, 2010 San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Pollnac, R.B., Iris Monnereau, Victor Ruiz, John Poggie & Azure Westwood  2011  Stress and the occupation of fishing.  in Langan-Fox J & Cooper C.L., Eds.  Chapter 15 (309-321) in Handbook of Stress in the Occupations. Chichester, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Pollnac, R.B.& Tarsila Seara 2011 Factors influencing success of marine protected areas in the Visayas, Philippines as related to increasing protected area coverage.  Environmental Management47:584-592.

Monnereau, I., V. Ruiz & R.B. Pollnac  2010  Fishers’ job satisfaction in the Caribbean.  Études caribéennes 15 (April)1-19. Mis en ligne le 21 décembre 2010. URL : http://etudescaribeennes.revues.org/4379.

Mahon, R, L. Fanning, P. McConney, R.B. Pollnac 2010 Governance characteristics of large marine ecosystems.  Marine Policy (2010),doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2010.01.016.

Pollnac, R.B., P. Christie, J. Cinner, T. Dalton, et al. 2010. Marine reserves as linked social-ecological systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 (no. 43): 18262-18265

Steven D. Gaines, Sarah E. Lester, Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Christopher Costello, and Richard Pollnac 2010 Evolving science of marine reserves: New developments and emerging research frontiers Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 (no. 43): 18251–18255

Dalton, T., R.B. Pollnac, G. Forrester, S. Smith  2010  Governance Factors Affecting the Ecological Performance of Marine Reserves in the Wider Caribbean.  Proceedings of the 62nd Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute November 2 - 6, 2009 Cumana, Venezuela.