I am a conservation scientist with the Wildlife and Landscape Science Directorate of Environment and Climate Change Canada. My role involves scientific research related to cumulative effects and providing science support for cumulative effects assessments. I bring to this role my previous experience as a wildlife biologist and project manager with Environment and Climate Change Canada and as an environmental assessment biologist with the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Major Projects Review Unit and a strong foundation in using decision science to achieve optimal outcomes for conservation.
Other areas of research interest include understanding the drivers of plastic ingestion in seabirds, monitoring plastic pollution in Canada’s northern waters, examining the efficacy of endangered species legislation, developing decision support tools to improve the efficiency of endangered species recovery programs, and helping to clarify when openly publishing biodiversity data does more harm than good. By partnering with government agencies, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs I ensure that my research is relevant to policy makers and benefits conservation efforts.
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.