Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Our instructors come with a vast array of experiences protecting the world's oceans.

Larry Crowder

Science Director, Center for Ocean Solutions

Larry Crowder

Larry is the science director at the Center for Ocean Solutions. He is also a professor of biology at Hopkins Marine Station and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, both part of Stanford University. Previously, he was the Stephen Toth Professor of Marine Biology at Duke University. Dr. Crowder's research centers on predation and food web interactions, mechanisms underlying recruitment variation in fishes, population and food web modeling in conservation biology, and interdisciplinary approaches to marine conservation. He has studied food web processes in both freshwater and marine ecosystems, and has used observational, experimental, and modeling approaches to understand these interactions in an effort to improve management. He was principal investigator for a number of large interdisciplinary research projects including the South Atlantic Bight Recruitment Experiment (SABRE), OBIS SEAMAP (Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Animal Populations), and Project GLOBAL (Global Bycatch Assessment of Long-Lived Species). He has also directed and participated in a number of research, analysis, and synthesis groups at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and for the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board. His recent research has focused on marine conservation, including research on bycatch, spatial ecological analysis, nutrients and low oxygen, sustainable seafood, ecosystem-based management, marine spatial planning, and governance. He is a AAAS Fellow and was awarded Duke University’s Scholar/Teacher of the year award in 2008-2009.

Laura Good

Education Manager, Center for Ocean Solutions

Laura Good

Laura Good is the education manager for the Center for Ocean Solutions. Originally from the UK, Laura’s background is in Marine Resource Management and Informal Science Education.

Laura earned her BS in ocean science from the University of Plymouth (UK), and both her MS in marine resource management and PhD in science education from Oregon State University. Her research interests center on marine education, scientist engagement in education and outreach, and professional development for informal educators, where her doctoral work focused on the interpretive practice of science center docents as they communicate science to the public. Laura specializes in free choice learning, a term used to describe learning that takes place in our everyday lives, where we have choice and control over the learning opportunities at hand.

Before joining the Center, Laura most recently worked as a educational research assistant for Oregon Sea Grant at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR. There, Laura helped design marine science exhibits and develop remote camera technologies to study how people learn in museum environments as part of their 5 year $2.2 million NSF-funded cyberlab project. Laura has also worked as an educational evaluator for COSEE Pacific Partnerships, focusing on scientist engagement with adult volunteer audiences at both Oregon Coast Aquarium and in the Oregon Coastal Master Naturalist Program. As an ocean education specialist, she has developed a variety of K-12 ocean science curriculum and day camp programs for Oregon State University’s Pre-College Education Programs. Prior to her graduate studies, Laura was a Summer Camp Program Director and Naturalist for the YMCA of Greater New York, and even worked briefly in the cruise ship industry as youth staff for Royal Caribbean.

Yuwei Shi

Professor of Strategic Management, MIIS

Yuwei ShiDr. Yuwei Shi is Professor at GSIPM and Director of the Frontier Market Scouts program. His research interests include competitive strategy, early-stage venture business model design and evaluation, and impact investing. He has published over three dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals and a number of books and book chapters. Dr. Shi has taught MBA and doctoral programs in nearly a dozen universities across the world. He won the Excellence in Teaching Award at MIIS in 2008 and the Allen Griffith Teaching Award in 2009.

Dr. Shi is the founding director of the award-winning Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship Program. He currently serves on the boards of Sanghata Global, a U.K. public charity, and the World Bee Project, a community interest corporation. He is an RSA Fellow. Dr. Shi is the inaugural dean of the graduate school of international policy and management, and served in this capacity for six years. Dr. Shi has over fifteen years of experience building programs and companies in various capacities as advising partner at Indachin, columnist for the China Economic Daily, consultant to Bain & Co and Acccenture, board director at Scholarly Exchange, president and chief executive officer of SFKX, and director of the executive program at Nanyang Business School.

Dr. Shi earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Master of Comparative Law from the Dedmen School of Law at Southern Methodist University, and PhD in international management from University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Carolyn Taylor Meyer

Director, Professional Immersive Learning Programs, MIIS

Carolyn Taylor Meyer

Carolyn (Taylor) Meyer is Director of Professional Immersive Learning and Special Programs in the Graduate School of International Policy & Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She manages semester-long immersive learning programs such as the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS), DPMI International Development Practicum (DPMI Plus), and International Education Practicum (IEM). She served as the main staff member for the Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) impact investing and social enterprise fellowship during its first three years of development. In addition to semester-long immersive learning programs, Carolyn work swith MIIS international practica. These practica are on-site courses offered in January, Spring Break, and during the summer with partners and at locations around the world (ex: AUC in Egypt, PIH in Rwanda, Aga Khan in Kenya, and CTU in the Czech Republic). Carolyn also helps design and manage specialized short trainings open to participants who are not currently enrolled at the Institute but are looking to learn new skills related to MIIS degree programs.

She advises MIIS graduate students interested in participating in a semester-long immersive learning program/fellowship/co-op while also building a network of international and domestic internship opportunities at field and headquarter locations within the security, environmental policy, conflict resolution, social enterprise, and development sectors.

Carolyn has extensive experience working with academic communities, both as a faculty and staff member. She worked on staff at Butler University’s Office of International Student Services and in the creation of the Monterey College of Law’s Mandell-Gisnett Center for Conflict Management. Prior to joining the Institute in 2006, she served as a public relations consultant for educational institutions in Monterey County, worked as a legislative analyst for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Washington, DC, edited online content at the Indianapolis Star, and worked in publishing at the American College of Sports Medicine. She has also served as a regular adjunct instructor in International Relations and Politics of Developing Countries at the Monterey Peninsula College from 2006-2015.

Carolyn has traveled to over 30 countries and has spent time studying in Spain and working in Mexico. Recent work trips include participation in a human capacity-building project with the Rumicocha Foundation in Quito, Ecuador, coordination of a project management training at Partners in Health in Rwanda, and co-design of a social entrepreneurship certificate program in India.

Katy Wilson

Program Manager

Katy WilsonAs a graduate student in International Education Management and Public Administration at MIIS, Katy specializes in program design & evaluation for educational equity. Katy most recently participated in the Ambassador Corps program in Myanmar, where she worked with a local NGO on the promotion of fishery and livelihoods projects. Prior to her studies at MIIS, Katy lived in France and taught about Californian environmental and sustainability initiatives. Katy is a research and evaluation enthusiast. Her current projects include research on education access for Middle East and North African migrant youth residing in France as well as program evaluation for the Raechel & Jackie Foundation, whose projects bridge education and the environment in Nicaragua.

Huan (Ruth) Lai

Business Research Assistant

Huan is an MBA candidate at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey focusing on marketing, analytics, and project management. She has a passion for data, digital research, and cross-cultural communication. She is also certified by the Chinese government as a Level II English-Chinese interpreter. Huan likes working in a team where different areas of expertise are combined to solve a complex challenge. Huan graduated from Peking university in 2016 with a bachelor degree in Life Sciences. She has prior work experience in social media marketing and business development. Huan is a major food lover and her dream job is becoming a Michelin inspector.