Mark Wiest


Lecturer in Anthropology

Graduate Research Fellow, Center For Environment & Society

Phone: (800) 422-1782, ext. TBD
Office: Goldstein 206


  • Ph.D. Student, University of Georgia, Department of Anthropology
  • B.A., Washington College, Anthropology and Environmental Studies, summa cum laude

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Research Interests

Mark is a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia in the Department of Ecological and Environmental Anthropology. His research focuses on natural resource governance and the conflict and cooperation that stems from interactions between state-level agencies and resource appropriators such as farmers, fishermen, loggers, and hunters. For his dissertation Mark will be working with Chesapeake Bay watermen and fishery managers. He is interested in understanding the impacts to local fishing communities of recent state initiatives aimed at privatizing elements of the oyster and blue crab fishery.

Mark is also active in the National Science Foundation community. He received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to fund his graduate education and research and is a Research Assistant in the NSF’s Long Term Ecological Research network, where he works in both the Coweeta LTER site in North Carolina and the Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER site in Maryland. Additionally, Mark attended the NSF’s Summer Institute in Research Design for cultural anthropologists at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Mark is a graduate of Washington College and before beginning graduate school worked as a program manager at the Center for Environment and Society. While at CES he worked in ecological restoration, volunteer coordination, and rural community planning. Some of Mark’s projects included the Chester River Oyster Restoration and Stewardship program at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge and assisting with the development of Washington College’s prestigious Chesapeake Semester program.