Research
cadet research
Arctic
Maritime Resource Frontier Risk and Capacity Evaluation (August 2012-May 2013)

The Maritime Resource Frontier Risk and Capacity Evaluation advanced research project is a sponsored interdisciplinary senior honors project. The Resource Frontier project will identify and assess risks related to commercial development of maritime resource frontiers, and assess the implications for governmental capacities and resources to manage and mitigate those risks. Maritime resource frontiers are maritime regions that encompass a commercially underdeveloped or undeveloped natural resource of security, economic, social, cultural, and/or environmental significance to the international community, geographic regions, national and/or sub-national political authorities, and indigenous communities. Maritime resource frontiers may also encompass large marine ecosystems (LMEs). The research priority is the commercial development of hydrocarbon resources. The priority maritime region is the Pacific/Alaskan Arctic, with a secondary region the U.S. Atlantic coast and specifically the coastal Carolinas. Research objectives include an assessment of risk factors in commercialization of marine resources; an analysis of existing U.S. government (USG) regulatory frameworks and capacities for managing the risks of commercialization; development of analytical and measurement tools, as necessary, to assess and prioritize risks and their mitigation; and assessments of public and private responsibilities for risk mitigation. For further information about this research project, please contact Dr. Kathy Krystinik.

Researchers: Cadets 1/c Holli Bastinck (Government), Christopher Clifton (Operations Research), David Kent (Operations Research), and John Mack (Operations Research)

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Katherine Krystinik (Mathematics), Dr. Judith Youngman (Political Science), Dr. Karina Mrakovcich (Marine Science), Dr. Hudson Jackson (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Dr. Tiffany Smythe (Post-Doctoral Fellow), Dr. George Stetson (Post-Doctoral Fellow).

 
Africa
West African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership Assessment (August 2012-May 2013)

The West African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership Assessment advanced research project is a sponsored interdisciplinary senior honors project. The Partnership Assessment project assesses U.S. government maritime security and safety (MSS) capacity-building cooperation in three West Africa nations, and will develop a performance measurement system or framework for assessing the effectiveness of USG MSS capacity-building initiatives in 2013.

Researchers: Cadets 1/c Karli Collins (Operations Research), Summer Dupler (Government), Rachel Rychtanek (Operations Research), Ryan Vandehei (Government).

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Katherine Krystinik (Mathematics), Dr. Judith Youngman (Political Science), Dr. Christopher LaMonica (Comparative Politics).