Julia Mason

Ph.D., Biology

Stanford University

Julia Mason is a recent Ph.D. graduate from Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station. Her research is on the effects of climate variability and management on the social-ecological resilience of fisheries in California and Peru. She is interested in dynamic management approaches that protect highly migratory species and fisheries livelihoods in a variable, changing climate. Julia is currently a John A. Knauss fellow for Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey’s office for 2019.


Kittinger, J. N., Teh, L. C. L., Allison, E. H., Bennett, N. J., Crowder, L. B., Finkbeiner, E. M., Hicks. C., Scarton, C. G., Nakamura, K., Ota, Y., Young, J., Alifano, A., Apel, A., Arbib, A. Bishop, L., Boyle, M., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Hunter, P., Le Cornu, E., Levine, M., Jones, R. S., Koehn, Z., Marschke, M., Mason, J. G., Micheli, F., McClenachan, L., Opal, C., Peacey, J., Peckham, S. H., Schemmel, E., Solis-Rivera, V., Swartz, W., Wilhelm, T. A., 2017, Committing to socially responsible seafood, Science, 356(6341), 912-913, link

Mason, J.G., Hazen, E.L., Bograd, S.J., Dewar, H., Crowder, L.B. (2019). Community-level effects of spatial management in the California drift gillnet Fishery. Fisheries Research 214: 175-182. link

Finkbeiner, E. M., Bennett, N. J., Frawley, T. H., Mason, J. G., Briscoe, D. K., Brooks, C. M., Ng, C. A., Ourens, R., Seto, K., Switzer Swanson, S., Urteaga, J., Crowder, L. B., 2017, Reconstructing overfishing: Moving beyond Malthus for effective and equitable solutions, Fish and Fisheries, 10.1111/faf.12245, link

Nereus Fellow Julia Mason recently had a chapter of her thesis published in Fisheries Research, ‘Community-level Effects of Spatial Management in the California Drift Gillnet Fishery’. You can read the abstract here, as well as access the article.

February 27, 2019 | Fisheries

By Julia Mason, Nereus Fellow at Stanford University

I got to spend a few weeks this August doing my very favorite activity: playing field assistant for a friend in a beautiful place. The closest I get to fieldwork for my own research is interviewing fishermen—fun and exciting in its own way, but it’s still a treat to put on my ecologist hat (or rather, mask) and jump in the water.

October 11, 2017

Nereus Fellow Julia Mason (Stanford University) will serve as a John A. Knauss fellow in Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey’s office in Washington D.C. starting in February, where she will work on a variety of important ocean and environmental issues and policies for the upcoming 2019 year.

January 9, 2019 | FisheriesLaw and Governance

By Julia Mason, Nereus Program fellow at Stanford University

There’s a tendency among conservation scientists to attribute the world’s environmental crises to the growing global population. Fisheries science is no exception—the issue of overfishing is often condensed to one of “too many fishers chasing too few fish,” leading to inevitable fisheries declines.

October 14, 2017

As part of the 2016 International Marine Conservation Congress, in St John’s, Newfoundland, new Nereus Fellow at Stanford Julia Mason shared her story about beginning her career in science and the realizations she had. She discusses the disconnect between fisheries science and the management of the fisheries on the ground and the importance of building relationships.

September 12, 2017

Nereus Fellow Julia Mason (Stanford University) recently successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation – ‘Who knows and who decides? Incorporating diverse perspectives in fisheries management’. You can read the abstract for it here.

December 11, 2018 | FisheriesEcology

Past Event

15 November 2018 - 15 November 2018

Nereus Fellow Julia Mason (Stanford University) defends her Ph.D. dissertation titled 'Who knows and who decides? Incorporating diverse perspectives in fisheries management' on November 15th at 2:00pm PST. The event will be live streamed and open to the public.