Eric Wade

Assistant Professor
Department of Coastal Studies

Department of Coastal Studies

Lab Overview

Dr. Eric Wade is a marine social scientist currently an assistant professor in the Department of Coastal Studies at East Carolina University. From Belize, his research and teaching program is motivated by his lived experiences growing up in the Caribbean and the region’s increasing vulnerability to global environmental and social change. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Master’s in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University. Eric has previously worked for the Belize Fisheries Department, Oceana Belize, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.



2018 – 2021      Ph.D. Fisheries Science, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, Oregon State University

  • Dissertation Title: Decision-making under uncertainty: Exploring risky fishing strategy decisions in small-scale fisheries in Jamaica

2016 – 2018      MS Fisheries Science, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, Oregon State University

  • Thesis Title: Assessing shared knowledge across stakeholders in response to the implementation of Belize’s Managed Access Program     

2011 – 2013      BS Marine Biology, Department of Biology & Marine Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington


Professional Experience

2021 to Present: Assistant Professor, East Carolina University – Department of Coastal Studies


Selected Publications


  1. Fleming W, King B, Robinson K, Wade E, Erickson B, Delie J, et al. (2022) Is there no “I” in team? Potential bias in key informant interviews when asking individuals to represent a collective perspective. PLoS ONE 17(1): e0261452.


  1. Wade, E. and K. Biedenweg. (2019). Using Mental Models as a Method to Systematically Assess Perspectives in Resource Management. Gulf and Caribbean Research. 30(1): GCFI1-GCFI17.
  2. Wade, E., & Biedenweg, K. (2019). Exploring the diversity of mental models associated with Belize’s Managed Access Fisheries Policy. Ocean & Coastal Management, 178, 104868. doi:
  3. Wade, E., Spalding, A. K., & Biedenweg, K. (2019). Integrating property rights into fisheries management: The case of Belize’s journey to managed access. Marine Policy, 108, 103631. doi: