Linda D’Anna

Research Associate, Public Policy and Coastal Sustainability Program, UNC CSI
Lecturer, Outer Banks Field Site, Institute for the Environment, UNC-Chapel Hill

Room No. 330
850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981

Phone: 252-475-5457
Fax: 252-475-3545



A native of Long Island, just offshore of the wilds of New York City, Linda is an ecologist with training and experience in both natural and social sciences. She has been a Research Associate with CSI’s Public Policy and Coastal Sustainability program since 2015. Prior to joining CSI she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Coastal Research at Vancouver Island University where she lead a study of the perceived effects of shellfish aquaculture and their implications for ecosystem services, community resilience, and social well-being.


  • Ph.D., Ecology, Curriculum for Ecology & the Environment, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. 2010.
  • B.S. Biological Sciences, Concentration in Ecology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 1997

Current Projects

Characterizing Nature’s Benefits: Contributions of Albemarle-Pamlico Coastal Ecosystems to Human and Community Well-being in Northeastern North Carolina (with The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina)

Albemarle-Pamlico Sounds Region Ecosystem Services Framework (with The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina)

Perceptions of Gulf Stream Current Energy off the Coast of North Carolina (Renewable Ocean Energy Program)

Gulf Stream off North Carolina Research Co-operative: Research Catalog (Renewable Ocean Energy Program)

Research Interests

Linda’s research interests focus on how cultural and social considerations can contribute to our understandings of coastal and estuarine systems and the well-being and resilience of social-ecological systems more broadly. Here at CSI, she is taking a mixed-methods qualitative-quantitative approach to conducting human dimensions research to enhance our understandings of the North Carolina coast.


Murray, G.D., L.M. D’Anna, and P. MacDonald. 2016. Measuring what we value: The utility of mixed method approaches for incorporating values into marine social-ecological system management. Marine Policy 73:61-68.

D’Anna, L.M. and G.D. Murray. 2015. Seeing shellfish from the seashore: The importance of values and place in perceptions of aquaculture and marine social-ecological system interactions. Marine Policy 62:125-133.

D’Anna, L.M. 2015. Concern is in the eye of the stakeholder: Heterogeneous assessments of the threats to oyster survival and restoration in North Carolina. Society and Natural Resources 29: 131-147.

D’Anna, L.M. and G.D. Murray. 2015. Community perceptions of shellfish aquaculture and implications for the social well-being of marine social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society 20(1): 57.

Peterson, C.H., M.J. Bishop, L.M. D’Anna and G.A Johnson. 2014. Multi-year persistence of beach habitat degradation from nourishment using coarse shelly sediments. Science of the Total Environment 487: 481-492.

Peterson, C.H., M.J. Bishop, G.A. Johnson, L.M. D’Anna, and L.M. Manning. 2006. Exploiting beach filling as an unaffordable experiment: Benthic intertidal impacts propagating upwards to shorebirds. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 338: 205-221.

Pimentel, D., M. Tort, L. D’Anna, A. Krawic, J. Burger, J. Rossman, F. Mugo, N. Doon, M. Shriberg, E. Howard, S. Lee, and J. Talbot. 1998. Ecology of increasing disease: population growth and environmental degradation. BioScience 48(10): 817-826.