Christopher LaFranchi, a social scientist with Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, will be the speaker for the October "From Shore to Sea" lecture.LaFranchi
will discuss socioeconomic monitoring of marine reserves and share the preliminary results of a recent study of boating activities in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
and Channel Islands National Park
has been conducting a multi-year study in collaboration with the University of California at Los Angeles
(UCLA) to document boater use patterns, boater activities such as diving, fishing, and kayaking and economic impacts.This research will assess how boaters are responding to marine reserves designated in 2003 and will be valuable to inform policy decisions which account for the interests of boaters.LaFranchi, a Social Science Program Coordinator for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, earned a masters degree in resource economics from the University of Hawaii and a bachelors degree in biology from Oregon State University.He
has 15 years of experience working in more than five countries on understanding how natural resource management decisions affect communities both socially and economically.He is also the founder of NaturalEquity (www.natuaralequity.com), an independent and non-partisan organization that informs sustainable use and stewardship of natural resources with scientifically rigorous research.