Katy Seto

Ph.D., Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

2017-2019 University of Wollongong

Assistant Professor (University of California Santa Cruz)

Katy Seto’s research centers on coupled human and natural systems dynamics in marine and coastal systems. Her primary areas of focus are 1) the contribution of marine resources to food and livelihood security, 2) governing marine and coastal systems for resource equity and sustainability, and 2) maritime security and globalization in a context of rapid global change. Her work investigates the equity, sustainability, and governance of marine and coastal systems, and the reciprocal relationship they have with human wellbeing and conflict.


Golden, C. D., Seto, K. L., Dey, M. M., Chen, O. L., Gephart, J. A., Myers, S. S., Smith, M., Vaitla, B., Allison. E. H., 2017, Does Aquaculture Support the Needs of Nutritionally Vulnerable Nations?Frontiers in Marine Science, 4, 10.3389/fmars.2017.00159, link

Hobday, A. J., Maxwell, S. M., Forgie, J., McDonald, J., Darby, M., Seto, K., Bailey, H., Bograd, S. J., Briscoe, D. K., Costa, D. P., Crowder, L. B., Dunn, D. C., Fossette, S., Halpin, P. N., Hartog, J. R., Hazen, E. L., Lascelles, B. G., Lewison, R. L., Poulous, G., Powers, A., 2014, Dynamic Ocean Management: Integrating Scientific and Technological Capacity with Law, Policy and Management, Fisheries Management, Marine Management, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, 33(2), 125-165, 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 Katy Seto attended a workshop on October 22-24th in Yokohama, Japan about emerging remote sensing technologies that highlight fishing activities in the Pacific and around the globe. The meetings continued to develop a research collaboration between the University of Wollongong’s ANCORS with Global Fishing Watch (GFW) and Japanese Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA).

October 28, 2018 | FisheriesLaw and Governance

Past Event

2 December 2017 - 7 December 2017

Nereus Program Fellow Katy Seto (University of Wollongong) will be attending the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission's (WCPFC) 14th Regular Session from December 2 to 7, 2017 in Manila. At the event, the harvest strategies and stock statuses of tuna species will be discussed.
Past Event

9 December 2018 - 14 December 2018

Nereus fellow Katy Seto will be attending the '15th Regular Session of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)' in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 9-14th, 2018.
Past Event

9 April 2018 - 13 April 2018

From April 9 to 13, 2018, Nereus Program Katy Seto (University of Wollongong) will be attending the 34th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), which will convene in Fiji.
Past Event

22 October 2018 - 24 October 2018

Nereus Fellow Katy Seto is attending a follow up meeting to a workshop she attended on May 22-23rd, 2018, in Yokohama, Japan on October 22-24th, 2018. The meetings will continue to develop a research collaboration between Nereus Program and University of Wollongong's Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) with Global Fishing Watch (GFW) and Japanese Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA).
Past Event

19 March 2018 - 23 March 2018

From March 19 to 23, Nereus Program Fellow Katy Seto (University of Wollongong) will be attending the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) MCS working group meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Nereus Network members Katherine Seto and Quentin Hanich co-authored a new ground-breaking study “Illuminating dark fishing fleets in North Korea”, shedding light on illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing by Chinese fleets.