I am an ecologist with experience in applied research and conservation. As a research scientist with the Wildlife and Landscape Science Directorate of Environment and Climate Change Canada, my research program seeks to elucidate and support the management of anthropogenic threats in coastal ecosystems. I have a particular interest in research that supports the assessment, management and monitoring of cumulative effects.
I have over a decade of experience studying seabird and plastic pollution. This work has informed plastic pollution monitoring strategies by two intergovernmental organizations. Over the past several years, I have also moved into the conservation decision science space, conducting research that is helping to develop tools and processes to improve the cost-efficiency of endangered species recovery programs, track and report the trajectory of threatened species and predict the cumulative effects of human activities on coastal species in a manner that centres Indigenous values, interests and knowledge. By partnering with academics, First Nations, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs from within a government agency, I ensure that my research has a tangible conservation impact.
In 2020 I earned my PhD from the University of Queensland under the supervision of Professors Hugh Possingham and Richard Fuller. In 2013, I earned my MSc from the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Professor John Richardson and Dr Jordan Rosenfeld.