Academics at Prescott College

Lorayne Meltzer, M.S.

Executive Director, Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies, Environmental Studies Faculty

As director and research coordinator for Prescott College's Kino Bay Center in Sonora, Mexico, Lorayne is a leader in collaborative, mulit-cultural and interdisciplinary conservation efforts in the Sea of Cortez. Through her marine conservation classes in Mexico, students learn firsthand about complex issues confronting marine and coastal environments. It is one thing to read in a book that 85 percent of everything caught on a shrimp trawler is discarded dead as bycatch back into the sea. It is quite a different learning experience to be sorting through the bycatch on the deck of a trawler, working along fishermen whose livelihoods depend on destructive fisheries practices. Upper division students have the opportunity to work with resident research fellows at the field station to learn about conservation methods, while simultaneously contributing to real conservation projects.

"Most of the conservation issues challenging society today are multicultural, interdisciplinary, and complex. One of the most exciting endeavors of my career has been to empower students to become active and collaborative participants in facing these challenges."

Lorayne Meltzer

Research

Research

Lorayne's research focuses on the ecological, social and economic impacts of high rates of by-catch associated with shrimp trawling in the Sea of Cortez. Her professional activities as co-director and research coordinator at the Kino Bay Center focus on building collaborative and multi-cultural initatives to develop community-based solutions to economic and ecological dilemas posed by overfishing, coastal development, globalized markets, and sporadic regulation. She is most passionate about working with others to develop the Kino Bay Center into a place where people from different cultural, academic and research backgrounds can enjoy coming together to create inovative strategies for solving complex problems.

Publications

Publications

Meltzer, L., Blinick, N.S., Fleishman, A.B., (2012). Management Implications of the Biodiversity and Socio-Economic Impacts of Shrimp Trawler By-Catch in Bahía de Kino, Sonora, México. PLoS ONE 7(6): e35609. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035609

Meltzer, L., & Chang, J. O. (2006). Export market influence on the development of the Pacific shrimp fishery of Sonora, Mexico. Ocean & Coastal Management, 49(3-4), 222-235.

Meltzer, L., Jiménez-Serranía, V., Pfister, T., Fleishman, A., Duberstein, J. N., Suárez-Gracida, G., et al. (2009, June 2009). Isla Alcatraz: A decade of collaborative research, education, conservation, and management. Paper presented at the Encuentro nacional para la conservación y el desarrollo sustentable de las islas de México, Ensenada, Mexico.

Duberstein, J. N., Jimenez-Serrania, V., Pfister, T., Lindquist, K., & Meltzer, L. (2005). Breeding Double-Crested Cormorants and Wading Birds on Isla Alcatraz, Sonora, México. Paper presented at the Third International Partners in Flight Conference, March 20-24, 2002, , Asilomar Conference Grounds, California.

Prescott College, A. C. (2005). Programa de Conservación y Manejo Área de Protecion de Flora y Fauna de Isla Alcatraz. Prescott College. Bahia Kino, Sonora, Mexico.

Prescott College, A. C. (2009). Estero Cardonal Conservation Feasibility Study. Prescott College. Bahia Kino, Sonora, Mexico.

Presentations

Presentations

Meltzer, L., Jiménez-Serranía, V., Pfister, T., Fleishman, A., Duberstein, J. N., Suárez-Gracida, G., et al. (2009, June 2009). Isla Alcatraz: A decade of collaborative research, education, conservation, and management. Paper presented at the Encuentro nacional para la conservación y el desarrollo sustentable de las islas de México, Ensenada, Mexico.

Duberstein, J. N., Jimenez-Serrania, V., Pfister, T., Lindquist, K., & Meltzer, L. (2005). Breeding Double-Crested Cormorants and Wading Birds on Isla Alcatraz, Sonora, México. Paper presented at the Third International Partners in Flight Conference, March 20-24, 2002, , Asilomar Conference Grounds, California.

Prescott College, A. C. (2005). Programa de Conservación y Manejo Área de Protecion de Flora y Fauna de Isla Alcatraz. Prescott College. Bahia Kino, Sonora, Mexico.

Prescott College, A. C. (2009). Estero Cardonal Conservation Feasibility Study. Prescott College. Bahia Kino, Sonora, Mexico.

Instruction at Prescott College

Instruction at Prescott College

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Marine Studies

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Natural History & Ecology

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