Rob Snyder

Island Institute


Im happiest at 18 degrees north 46 degrees west
PhD Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests

As President of the Island Institute, Rob is responsible for working with island and coastal leaders, in Maine and around the world, to identify innovative approaches to community sustainability. 

With a background and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, Rob’s research and writing focus on community economic development and the cultural politics of natural resource management. He has conducted research on these topics in Maine, the Rocky Mountain states, Costa Rica, and China.

Rob writes a monthly column of observations and insights from his travels and relationships that can be found at

Contact Information

Island Institute

386 Main St.

Rockland, Maine  04841