Hilary Boudet

Assistant Professor of Marine and Coastal Policy
School of Public Policy
400A Bexell Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3703
Phone: (541) 737-2073



  • PPOL 545 – International Marine Policy
  • PPOL 546 – Coastal and Ocean Law
  • PPOL 548 – Marine Policy

Research Interests

  • Marine studies: Integrated coastal management, resource use and property regimes, international marine policy, and marine protected areas.
  • Design and implementation of interdisciplinary research across a variety of topics related to marine studies.
  • Human geography and development in Latin America: international lifestyle migration and the political ecology of socio-environmental change.

Curriculum Vitae


Brief Vita


  • Ph.D. – Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011.
  • M.A. – Marine Affairs and Policy, University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, 2004.
  • B.A. – Economics and International Studies, University of Richmond, 1999. 

Selected Publications

  • Spalding, Ana K, Suman, Daniel O. and Mellado Maria E. 2015. Navigating the evolution of marine policy in Panama: Current policies and community responses in the Pearl Islands and Bocas del Toro Archipelagos of Panama. Marine Policy 62: 161-168.
  • Spalding, Ana K. 2013. Exploring Environmental Outcomes of Lifestyle Migration: Land cover change and land use transitions in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. Journal of Latin American Geography 12(3): 179-202.
  • Spalding, Ana K. 2013. Lifestyle Migration to Bocas del Toro, Panama: Exploring migration strategies and introducing local implications of the search for paradise. International Review of Social Research 3(1): 65-84.
  • Spalding, Ana K. (In Press). Local Perspectives on the Recent Residential Boom in Bocas del Toro, Panama, and its Associated Social and Environmental Changes. [Special Issue on Bocas del Toro]. Bulletin of Marine Science.

Affiliations & Awards

  • 2015-2017: Research Associate. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Panama
  • 2015-2017: Member of the National System of Research (SNI), Panama
  • 2014-2017: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Integrative Tropical Biology at STRI, Panama. National Science Foundation (NSF). $340,000
  • 2012-2013: Research and Development Program. Specialized Re-insertion grant.  Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Inovación (SENACYT), Panama. $53,728
  • 2008-2009: Short-term Fellowship. STRI, Panama
  • 2006-2010: Environmental Studies Department Research Award. University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Santa Cruz, CA. $3,800
  • 2006-2008: Research Grant. CenTREAD, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA. $2,300.
  • 2005-2011: Doctoral Fellowship. Panamanian government (IFARHU/SENACYT). $211,282