Socioeconomics Program Staff

Attn: NMFS/PIFSC/ESD/Socioeconomics
1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176
Honolulu, HI 96818-5007
Phone: (808) 725-5360


  • Justin Hospital - Program Lead, Supervisory Economist
    Contact: (808) 725-5399
    Justin has engaged in seafood market analyses and survey-based research designed to describe the economic and social characteristics of small boat fisheries across the US-affiliated Western Pacific. Primary research interests include efforts to better understand fishery dynamics and drivers of fisher behavior.
  • Monica Schmidt - Program Support Assistant
    Contact: (808) 725-5700

Research Staff

  • Adam Ayers - Social Research Project Manager (J)
    Contact: (808) 725-5347
    Adam is a PhD candidate in Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He previously earned a Master degree in Public Administration (Marine Policy) and a BS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His Hawaiʻi-based doctoral research examined state-community collaborations to improve coral reef fisheries management. His research interests include the human dimensions of fisheries management, institutional analysis of fisheries policy, and collaborative governance arrangements.
  • Hing Ling Chan - Senior Fisheries Economic Specialist (J)
    Contact: (808) 725-5395
    Hingling received her PhD in Economics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research interests include cost-earnings study, economic impact analysis, and quantitative fishery modeling for policy analysis.
  • Danika Kleiber - Social Research Project Manager (J)
    Contact: (808) 725-5392
    Danika was awarded a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre. Bringing together a background in biology and women's studies her dissertation focused on gender and small-scale fisheries characterization and management in the Central Philippines. Her research interests include social indicators for small-scale fisheries monitoring with a particular focus on food security and gender dynamics in small-scale fishing communities.
  • Kirsten Leong - Social Scientist
    Contact: (808) 725-5398
    Kirsten has worked as a Human Dimensions specialist in biological conservation of federal lands and waters for over 10 years. She uses social science to better understand how different stakeholders are affected by potential resource management actions. She has published research in areas such as governance, public participation, and managing human and animal behavior. Current research includes oral histories of artisanal fisheries, broadening ecosystem-based fisheries models to better represent coupled human and natural systems, and communicating risks about sources of seafood and interactions with protected species.
  • Minling Pan - Industry Economist
    Contact: (808) 725-5349
    Minling was trained in Natural Resources and Agricultural Economics. She conducts fisheries economic research and oversees economic data collection programs in support of fisheries management and monitoring the economic performance of commercial fisheries in the U.S. Pacific Islands areas. Her recent research interests focus on the trade-off evaluation of fisheries regulations related to protected species interactions with fisheries and the productivity analysis of commercial fisheries.
  • Emily Rollins - Fisheries Economics Specialist (J)
    Contact: (808) 725-5516
    Emily received her Master of Science in Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics from the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada. Her thesis-based research focused on agricultural trade between the US and Canada. Prior to joining the PIFSC program, her recent research focused on the bio-economic modeling and data collection relating to a project examining the historical impacts of impingement and entrainment on the present net benefits of a First Nations fishery on Lake Huron.
  • Jonathan Sweeney - Economic Research Assistant (J)
    Contact: (808) 725-5334
    Jonathan has a BA in biology from Reed College and is pursuing a PhD in economics at UH-Mānoa. His research focuses on applied microeconomics of fisheries, and finance. Currently, he works on policy evaluation for Hawaiʻi's longline fishery.

(C) - denotes contractor
(J) - denotes Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) employee
(UH) - denotes University of Hawaii student