Associate Professor - Marine and Coastal Policy

Office: 541-737-2073

Bexell Hall

Bexell Hall 400A

2251 SW Campus Way

2251 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Additional Information: 


  • 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

Personal Web Site

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. 


  • 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.


  • 2019-Present: Research Associate, Coiba Research Station, Coiba – AIP, Panama
  • 2020-2021: Leaders for Sea Change Program. COMPASS – Science Communication.
  • 2020-2023Assessing Community Vulnerability to Ocean Acidification Across the California Current Ecosystem. NOAA Ocean Acidification Program. $1,040,662. PIs: Spalding (OSU Lead PI), Wolters, Levine, Teneva, Hill, Kimball, and Whitefield.
  • 2019-2023: Implementing a Pilot Program for Elimination of River Plastic Waste in Panama. Benioff Ocean Initiative – University of California, Santa Barbara. $2,700,000 ($145,000 for Socio-economic research). PI: Mirei Endara de Heras (as Director of Marea Verde, Panamá). Spalding is socio-economic research co-lead.
  • 2019-2020: NRT-DESE: Risk and uncertainty quantification in marine science. Supplemental fund for an NRT Summit to be hosted at Oregon State University (OSU) with a Marine and Coastal Focus. National Science Foundation (NSF). $88,911. PI: Ciannelli (OSU Lead PI). Spalding is key contributor.
  • 2019-2020: Ocean Acidification: Oceanographic, Social, and Ecological Insights for Decision Making. Lenfest Oceans. $300,000 ($28,000 to OSU). PIs: Hill, Kroeker, Gaylord, Sanford, Spalding (OSU Lead PI).
  • 2019-2021: The Geography of Stress: Impacts of Ocean Acidification along the California Coast. California Sea Grant – Ocean Protection Council. $250,000 ($24,000 to OSU). PIs: Hill, Kroeker, Gaylord, Sanford, Spalding (OSU Lead PI).
  • 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

Profile Field Tabs

Affiliated with: 
School of Public Policy
OSU Main Campus
Research/Career Interests: 

Policy Areas: Marine and coastal policy, migration and development 

PhD: University of California, Santa Cruz

PhD Faculty
MPP Core Faculty
MPP Faculty
SPP Concentration: 
Environmental Policy
International Policy
Rural Policy
Social Policy
SPP Program: