Marine Conservation Scientist
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” – Rachel Carson
My initial love of the ocean was fuelled by family visits to the beaches of the US southeastern coast and stories my father told me of the revival of fisheries through sustainable practices. This sparked my passion for applied marine science that would help conserve our coasts and oceans while supporting people’s livelihoods and cultural connections. In 2009 I received my PhD from Stanford University in biological sciences and over the past 15 years I have been working as a marine ecosystem ecologist across the west coast of North America, including small-scale fisheries sustainability in Mexico; estuarine, intertidal, and kelp forest ecosystems in Baja California, California, and British Columbia; and as the Assistant Science Director at Stanford University’s Center for Ocean Solutions, collaborating with scientists, governments, and communities to apply science toward practical solutions. Currently, I am working with the Government of Canada, Province of BC, and 17 First Nations to develop a marine protected area network in BC’s Northern Shelf Bioregion (NSB), extending from the top of Vancouver Island to the Canada-Alaska Border.
I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm and knowledge about the BC coast and beyond, and how we can work together to protect the places we love while creating solutions that stick!
- Assessment and management of cumulative impacts in California’s network of marine protected areas
- Combined impacts of natural and human disturbances on rocky shore communities
- Integrating expert opinion into food web conservation and management
- Harnessing DNA to improve environmental management
- Sea otters homogenize mussel-beds and reduce habitat provisioning in a rocky intertidal ecosystem
- Impacts and interactions of multiple human disturbances in a California salt marsh