Assistant Professor of Anthropology


PhD Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013


Dr. Matera is an ecological anthropologist specializing in the human dimensions of resource management. His research focuses on examining the challenges of marine conservation and identifying sources social vulnerability and resilience to anthropogenic and natural environmental disturbances, such as those associated with global climate change. He does so by investigating the livelihood approaches of small-scale fishing communities, marine policy, the importance of local ecological knowledge, and, through the use of social network analysis, how social relationships facilitate or hinder cooperation in resource management program.

He has worked in the Caribbean, Melanesia, Polynesia, and West Africa.


Environmental Anthropology; Fisheries; Marine Conservation; Social Network Analysis; Local Ecological Knowledge

Phone: 805-437-3363


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