James Tobey, Ph.D.


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Associate Coastal Manager, Sustainable Ecosystems and Development 401-874-6411

candid portrait of TobeyJames Tobey is project manager of the USAID-funded 7-year Senegal fisheries management project. This activity has been rewarded and internationally recognized for its successful impact on marine fisheries co-management governance and science. Previously, he was project manager of the Thailand post-tsunami U.S. government 3-year project and The Gambia fisheries project, all funded with competitive U.S. government awards. Fluent in Spanish and French, in 21 years he has been a part of most of the URI/CRC international projects in tropical countries around the globe as well as lead on several U.S. efforts, including Principal Investigator on the current partnership with the Mass Audubon, Narragansett Bay watershed market and non-market valuation study. He is also PI on the current U.S. government fisheries and aquaculture environmental best practices guidelines report. Dr. Tobey joined CRC in 1996. He has played a leadership role in the Center’s development of concepts and tools, evaluation, applications of science to coastal management, sustainable livelihood development, coastal watershed assessment and planning and climate change adaptation. He has been an adjunct professor in the URI Department of Marine Affairs and was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Colombia in 2006, teaching Integrated Coastal Management.  Prior to joining the CRC, Dr. Tobey served with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, Economics Research Service (USDA), Washington, D.C., President’s Council of Economic Advisors, World Bank, and Peace Corps (Dominican Republic).  Dr. Tobey has a Ph.D. with the University of Maryland, College Park and more than 30 referred journal publications.