China Ocean Institute is a consulting firm that conducts research on Chinese ocean and fisheries policy.


Tabitha Grace Mallory (马碧珊is the CEO of the China Ocean Institute and Affiliate Professor of the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Dr. Mallory specializes in Chinese foreign and environmental policy. She is currently conducting research on China and global ocean governance and has published work on China’s fisheries and oceans policy. Dr. Mallory has consulted for organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She previously served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, and has also worked for The National Bureau of Asian Research and for the U.S. government. 

Dr. Mallory holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a certificate in Chinese Studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and a B.A. in international studies and Mandarin Chinese from the University of Washington.

Dr. Mallory serves on the board of directors of the China Club of Seattle and is a member of the Washington State China Relations Council. She is also a non-resident fellow at the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

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Dr. Hao Chen is a Policy Analyst at the China Ocean Institute. Dr. Chen holds a PhD in analytical chemistry from Tufts University.

Prior to joining the China Ocean Institute, he once worked as an environmental chemist in state-owned Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, with a broad research interest and experience in addressing environmental science and policy issues, which included, but were not limited to, marine environmental issues in China. Apart from being a full-time research scientist, he also served as a government-nominated marine litter focal point person for China for the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), a regional UNEP initiative, by actively assisting with Chinese central, provincial and local governments in marine litter control and management with multiple stakeholders including industrial sectors, academia, and NGOs.

Raised in mainland China, he has settled down in Seattle since 2016. By joining the China Ocean Institute, he is committed to promoting the collaboration between the United States and China in marine policy and management.

Danyan Leng is a Research Assistant at the China Ocean Institute. Danyan recently earned her B.S. in Economics and Environmental Science with a focus in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Washington. Her background is in financial services and ecological field research. She has worked in investment banks, NGOs and several wildlife projects in China, Washington, and Alaska.

Before joining the China Ocean Institute, Danyan spent the past summer on an Olympic Marmot Research Project and was a field technician of a Canada Jay Study in Denali National Park. Danyan is passionate about combining economics, data science and ecology for sustainable development. By joining the China Ocean Institute, she assists the CEO and staff with research on China’s fisheries and oceans policy.