Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Karma Norman - Staff Profile

Federal, NOAA Fisheries
Job Title:
Social Scientist

Karma  Norman


Karma Norman joined the NWFSC in 2003 to fill the Center's first non-economic social science position. He holds both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in environmental anthropology from the University of Washington, which he obtained in 2001 and 2007 respectively. He has worked previously as anthropological consultant on marine tenure and marine use for the Torres Strait Regional Authority in Australia.

Current Research

Karma is involved in a coordinated national effort to define criteria for fishing communities under the National Standard 8 protocols described in the Magnuson-Stevens Act. He is leading an assessment of fishing community vulnerability and resilience in the context of integrated ecosystem assessments and management. He is also contributing to examinations of social networks within specific fisheries, social perceptions of ecological restoration efforts, and methodologies for identifying and measuring cultural interactions within integrated marine ecosystems.