Hunter T. Snyder

JSEP Graduate Fellow
Ph.D. Candidate, Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems, and Society

Hunter Snyder is a PhD Student in the Program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society. He is committed to advancing the study and capability of livelihoods that depend upon living marine resources. His ethnographic research has focused on fisheries, subsistence livelihoods, and social-ecological disruptions in the Arctic. At the Dickey Center, Hunter participates in the Joint Science Education Program (JSEP), a National Science Foundation grant to the Institute of Arctic Studies. JSEP takes high school students from across the country to Greenland for unique hands-on science activities. As a graduate student and JSEP Fellow, he conducts research in Greenland and teaches/mentors the JSEP high school students. In Greenland, he is focused on understanding the relationships between individual fishing behavior and changes in regulations.

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From 2014-2015, he was Greenland’s first Fulbright Fellow where he carried out fieldwork among small-scale fishers and hunters. In 2015, while a National Geographic Young Explorer, he studied shifts in the subsistence economy of Qeqertarsuatsiaat, Greenland as well as sharing and competitive behavior in the small-scale fishing sector.  He took his master’s degree in anthropology at the University of Oxford and earned a graduate scholarship to read a second masters in fisheries resource management at the Marine Institute in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  Before beginning his PhD, he was a consultant at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.

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