Bio


Safari Fang is a Ph.D. student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER). She is an interdisciplinary scientist and ocean conservation leader with proven experience and passion for connecting people from diverse backgrounds to facilitate deep, meaningful collaborations aimed at solving environmental challenges. Growing up next to a polluted Yangtze River in China, Safari aspired from an early age to work in environmental conservation, and she connects deeply with communities that live the real consequences of pollution and habitat destruction.

She is particularly interested in aquaculture and fisheries, food security, community-based conservation, and environmental behavior. Her most recent research project identified strategies, high-impact interventions, and a working Theory of Change for China’s sustainable marine aquaculture. Throughout her research, Safari is engaging diverse stakeholders in the global seafood system and fostering collaborations among sectors for the sustainable use of ocean resources.

Safari is an alumna of the Blue Pioneers Program, a leadership development program for ocean conservationists from Asia. She sits on the board of directors of Demos Education Hub, an environmental education and community development NGO in Hainan, China. Safari has lived and worked in several countries, including China, the U.S., Iceland, Germany, and France. She speaks fluent Chinese and English and enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, whale watching, yoga, and creative writing.

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Board Member, Demos Education Hub (2019 - Present)

Education & Certifications


  • M.S., University of California Santa Cruz, Coastal Science and Policy
  • B.A., Beloit College, Environmental Studies and Biology

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Safari is interested in the intersection of the ocean, global food systems, and human behavior—especially in how aquaculturists and fishers in developing countries make decisions related to natural resources. In particular, she is studying small-scale aquaculture and fisheries and how policy, markets, social learning networks, and climate change affect their sustainable development. Do aquaculture and fisheries contribute to food security in developing countries? How do environmental and policy changes affect the mental models of aquaculturists and fishers? How can policy, markets, and philanthropy support sustainable aquaculture and fisheries and ensure the livelihoods of the people involved in them?

Lab Affiliations