Manoj Shivlani

Senior Research Associate, Marine Biology and Fisheries
Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science
University of Miami
email: [email protected] 

Research interests focus on the socioeconomics of coastal and marine areas, including the sectors of fisheries, tourism, development, and management tools, particularly marine protected areas.  Particular focus is on work with stakeholder groups on attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs to assist with management, analyzing the impacts of macro-level changes on coastal and marine uses, synergistic interactions of targeted and ancillary management on stakeholders, and studies with communities to develop marine protected areas. 

Current and recently completed research projects include the examination of tourism-related conflicts in Panama’s Darien coastal zone, characterization of the US Caribbean trap fish industry, determination of diver valuation of no-take zones in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, monitoring of long-term changes in commercial fishing panels in the Florida Keys, a spatial analysis of a decade of spiny lobster catch in South Florida, the effects of an effort reduction program on Florida’s spiny lobster trap fishery, a socio-historical review of trap fishing in the US Caribbean, an assessment of community views on marine protected area management in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and visitor and stakeholder views on cruise tourism and its impacts on the quality of life in Key West, Florida, among others.


  • BA, Biology.  1991.  Colgate University

  • MA, Marine Affairs and Policy.  1995.  University of Miami.


  • 1999- present.  Senior Research Associate.  Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries.  University of Miami. 

  • 1995-1999.  Research Associate.  Division of Marine Affairs and Policy.  University of Miami.



Suman, D., and M. Shivlani.  In preparation.  Marine Protected Areas in South Florida: Case Studies from National Parks and National Marine Sanctuaries.

Shivlani, M. P., Letson, D., and M. Theis.  2003.  Visitor preferences for public beach amenities and beach restoration in South Florida.  Coastal Management 31 (4):  367-386.

Shivlani, M (contributing author).  2001.  Feeling the heat in Florida:  Global warming on the local level.  URL:

Shivlani, M. P.  2000.  Monroe County’s registered voters’ views on tourism and related issues.  URL:

Shivlani, M. P. and D. O. Suman.  2000.  Dive operator use patterns in the designated no-take zones within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.  Environmental Management 25 (6):  647-659.

Shivlani, M. P., and J. W. Milon.  2000.  Socio-cultural effects of a market-based fishery management program in the Florida Keys.  Coastal Management 28:  133-147.

Suman, D. O., M. P. Shivlani, and J. W. Milon. 1999.  Perceptions and attitudes regarding marine reserves: A comparison of stakeholder groups in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.  Ocean and Coastal Management 42:  1019-1040.

Letson, D., Suman, D. and M. Shivlani (eds.).  1998.  Pollution prevention in the coastal zone. Ann Arbor, MI: National Pollution Prevention Center for Higher Education/University of Michigan.

Suman, D. O., and M. P. Shivlani.  1998.  Characterization of the commercial dive operator industry in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.  Florida Sea Grant Technical Paper-103.

Milon, J. W., D. O. Suman, M. Shivlani, and K. A. Cochran.  1997.  Commercial fishers' perceptions of marine reserves for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Florida Sea Grant Technical Paper-89.

Suman, D. O., M. Shivlani, and M. Villanueva (eds.).  1995.  Urban growth and sustainable habitats:  A case study approach to policy conflicts in South Florida's coastal environment.  Miami, FL:  RSMAS, University of Miami.

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