I am an applied ecologist who is interested in using decision science to achieve optimal outcomes for conservation. Much of my work focuses on marine & freshwater ecosystems and I have a soft spot for seabirds.
My current work involves identifying the drivers of historical seabird population decline at a global scale, and applying this knowledge to prioritize seabird conservation efforts. I am also a partner on MEOPAR funded research that seeks to monitor plastic pollution in Canada’s northern waters and to understand the emerging impacts of plastic ingestion on seabirds. Another facet of my current research examines the efficacy of endangered species legislation and develops decision support tools to improve endangered species recovery. By partnering with government agencies, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs I ensure that my research is relevant to policy makers and on-the-ground conservation efforts.
In October 2015 I commenced my PhD at the University of Queensland Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, advised by Professors Hugh Possingham and Richard Fuller. Prior to moving to Australia, I worked as a seabird research biologist with Environment Canada and as an environmental assessment biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. In 2013, I earned my MSc from the University of British Columbia, where I studied the habitat requirements of an endangered species of freshwater fish, under the supervision of Professor John Richardson and Dr. Jordan Rosenfeld.