About

You found me. Welcome. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia.

As a broadly trained social scientist, I choose to primarily focus on research projects that interrogate various aspects of the complex relationship between the environment and human society with a solution-oriented lens. My interests are broad and global – I research and publish on such topics as governance of marine protected areas in Mexico, responses of small-scale fishing communities to environmental change in Thailand, indigenous perspectives on conservation in Canada, the social and governance dimensions of marine planning in North America, coastal community access to marine resources, the human dimensions of large-scale marine protected areas and the role of the social sciences in conservation. My work bridges the practical, methodological and theoretical while drawing on scholarship from geography, sociology, anthropology, development studies, psychology, political ecology, resource management and ecology. An environmental and social ethic shaped by lifelong explorations of wilderness areas and peopled landscapes and experiences working in diverse communities guides my work and research.

I graduated from the University of Victoria with a PhD in Geography from the University of Victoria in 2013, a MS in Environmental Studies from Lakehead University in 2009 and a BEd from the University of Victoria in 2002. My work has been supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2010-2013), a Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship (2010-2013), a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013-2015), a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award (2015), a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017), and a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017). I am an active member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In addition, I am affiliated with the Center for Ocean Solutions, the OceanCanada Partnership, the Community Conservation Research Network, and Too Big To Ignore.

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