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Alison Rieser, Professor

Degree: LL.M., Yale Law School, 1990

Office Location: Saunders 440
Phone Number: (808) 956-8467
Fax Number:
Email: rieser@hawaii.edu
Website: alisonrieser.com


LL.M:Yale Law School, 1990

J.D.: cum laude, George Washington University Law School, 1976

B.Sc.: (Human Ecology), Cornell University, 1973.

Courses Taught

GEOG 435 - Political Geography of Oceans

GEOG 423 - Human Dimensions of the Coastal Ocean

GEOG 492 - Practicum in Geography: UH@SEA (field course in marine conservation)

GEOG 621 - Coastal Planning and Management

GEOG 758 - Research Seminar: Coral Reef Conservation

SOCS/OEST 735 - Ocean Policy and Management (core course of the Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate Program)


My research fields are marine area governance; law of the sea; marine conservation law and policy (marine fisheries and endangered species); and marine environmental history. I take an interdisciplinary approach focusing on the interface between science and policymaking in governance institutions.

Honors Received:

Marine Policy & Ocean Management Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1977-1980 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, 1999-2002 Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Prof., UHM College of Social Sciences, 2005-2007 Professor Emerita, Univ. Maine School of Law, 2006 - present


  • “Dispatches from the Benthos: A Spatial Analysis of Fishing Industry Stewardship,” with L. Watling and J. Guinotte, presented at AAAS Annual Meeting Symposium: Denial, Détente, and Decisions: Fisheries Science at the Crossroads, San Diego, CA, Feb. 20, 2010.

  • “Saving Salmo: Federalism and the Conservation of Maine’s Atlantic Salmon,” in B. Thompson and K. Arha, eds. Federalism and the Endangered Species Act, London, UK: RFF/EARTHSCAN (forthcoming, 2011).

    “Whales, Whaling, and the Warming Oceans,” in W.H. Rodgers, ed., Climate Change: A Reader, Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press (forthcoming, 2010).

  • “New Marine National Monuments Settle Legal Issues,” with J. Van Dyke, Environment & Natural Resources 24(2): 50-52 (2009).

  • “The Evolution of Ocean Law,” with J.L. Jacobson, in Oceans: A Scientific American Reader, Chicago, Ill: University of Chicago Press (2007).

  • Coastal and Ocean Law: Cases and Materials 3rd ed. (West Group) (2006) with J.J. Kalo, R.G. Hildreth, and D.R. Christie.

  • “Oysters, Ecosystems, and Persuasion,” Yale J. Law & Human. 18:49-55(2006).

  • “The Role of Legal Regimes in Marine Conservation Biology,” with C. Gray Hudson and S. Roady, in E. A. Norse and L. Crowder, eds. Marine Conservation Biology: The Science of Maintaining the Sea's Biodiversity, Washington, DC: Island Press, 2005.

  • “Prescriptions for the Commons: Environmental Scholarship and the Fishing Quotas Debate,” in P. Menell, ed., The Int’l Library of Essays in Law and Legal Theory: Environmental Law (2003).

  • “The Control of Biological Invasions in the World’s Oceans,” with N. Bax, J.T. Carlton, A. Mathews-Amos, R.L. Haedrich, F.G. Howarth, J.E. Purcell, and A. Gray, Conserv. Biol. 15(5): 1234-1246 (2001).

  • “Essential Fish Habitat as a Basis for Marine Protected Areas in the U.S. EEZ,” Bull. Mar. Sci. 66:889-899 (2000).