PhD, University of Waterloo
As an applied human ecologist and environmental social scientist my research broadly explores the interplay between conservation, environmental change, and natural resource use. My doctoral research more specifically examined the respective governance arrangements associated with an emerging network of fish sanctuaries in Jamaica and questions of fit. An undergraduate degree in geology from St. Lawrence University, a small liberal arts university in northern New York, and a semester abroad in East Africa studying conservation and development provided the foundation for considering the complexities of human-environment interactions and bridging the natural and social sciences. I then went on to spend ten years as an interdisciplinary educator and administrator working with a number of non-profit organizations and universities across North America. Through this work I facilitated professional development workshops for science teachers, led natural history programs for Elderhostel groups, engaged K-12 students in field ecology, developed innovate undergraduate courses incorporating community-based learning and contributed to several field-based university semester programs.
PhD, Memorial University
I am an interdisciplinary scholar interested in the complex and myriad inter-linkages between the environment, the economy and society. I employ both conceptual and analytical tools in understanding best management practices in sustaining natural resources and human well-being from local, regional and global scales. I am currently working on adaptation governance portfolios in Atlantic Canada and the Caribbean region under the ParCA Project. Prior to this, I was a research fellow with UNEP- IEMP in Beijing. My main contribution was the design and implementation of UNEP’s ecosystem-based adaptation flagship program in Seychelles and to the governance of ecosystem services in the upper Nile in East Africa. I have also worked on fisheries management issues in Canada (BC, NL & NS) as well as in the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa. My research has been published as book chapters, policy briefs and articles in journals such as Ambio, Bioeconomics, Fisheries Research, Marine Policy and Science.