Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Troy W. Hartley

Research Associate Professor; Director, Virginia Sea Grant Program

Email : [[thartley]]
Phone : (804) 684-7248
Office : Maury Hall 205, 207
Department : Virginia Sea Grant Program

Virginia Sea Grant

Virginia Sea Grant facilitates research, educational, and outreach activities promoting sustainable management of marine resources. We are part of a larger network of Sea Grant programs housed in 31 colleges and universities around the country. That network — the National Sea Grant College Program — began in 1966 through a Congressional Act and is part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 5,000 miles of Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean shorelines, the Commonwealth of Virginia hosts a wide diversity of living and non-living marine resources. The Chesapeake Bay Commission predicts that the population in the bay watershed will swell to 17.4 million by the year 2020. The complex needs and concerns created by this population growth are enormous. Our goal is to define and help resolve emerging problems at local, regional, and national scales, as well as to provide impartial information to all who use or manage marine resources.

  • B.S. Zoology, University of Vermont
  • M.A.I.S., Environmental Dispute Resolution, George Mason University
  • Ph.D. Natural Resource & Environmental Policy, University of Michigan
Research Interests

My current research interests are in coastal, marine and fisheries policy and management, specifically in the communication networks and stakeholder processes underlying integrated planning and management, adaptive management, collaborative management, ecosystem-based management, and other forms of governance networks. Recent research has examined communication network analysis in fisheries and watershed planning, collaboration in coastal communities, and fishermen-scientist partnerships and knowledge integration. I have conducted research in a wide array of land use planning, sustainable community development, water resource management, and environmental pollution control context. I apply theoretical and analytical frameworks from public policy and political science.

Current Projects
  • Mid-Atlantic Ocean Research Planning, Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Programs. Funded by NOAA.
  • Nation-wide Cooperative Research Capacity-Building. Funded by NOAA.
  • Comparative Study of Governance by Networks in Northwest Atlantic: Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI) in Bras d’Or Lake Region, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Funded by the Canadian Embassy.
  • How to Make Coastal and Ocean Regional Governance Work: A Study of Communication Networks in the Gulf of Maine. Funded by NH Sea Grant.
  • Regulatory Governance Network of Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management in Chesapeake Bay.  Funded by National Sea Grant Law Center.
Selected Publications
American Fisheries Society
  • Socioeconomic Section President, 2007-present
  • Socioeconomic Section President-elect, 2006
Alesia Read, Ph.D. student. Dissertation topic: organizational behavior of non-governmental conservation organizations in fisheries management.