About

You found me. Welcome. I am currently cross-appointed as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington and a Liber Ero 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 research interests are broad – I have projects focusing on such topics as marine protected area governance in Mexico, responses of fishing communities to environmental change in Thailand, indigenous community perspectives on conservation in Canada, marine conservation planning initiatives in North Am., the human dimensions of large-scale marine protected areas and the scope and purpose of the conservation social sciences. My work bridges the practical, methodological and theoretical while drawing on scholarship from geography, anthropology, development studies, sociology, political ecology, natural resource management and ecology. An environmental and social ethic shaped by lifelong explorations of wilderness areas and experiences working in diverse communities guides my work and research.

Prior to my current position, I was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Unviersity of British Columbia with Dr. Terre Satterfield and Dr. Kai Chan. My doctoral research, working with Dr. Phil Dearden as part of Project IMPAACT and the Marine Protected Areas Research Group at the University of Victoria, focused on various aspects of the relationship between marine protected areas, climate change, and local livelihoods on the Andaman coast of Thailand. My doctoral studies were supported by a Trudeau Scholarship and a SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar Award. My master’s research with Dr. Harvey Lemelin at Lakehead University focused on the role of a Canadian national park in the social, cultural, political, and economic development of the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation of Lutsel K’e, Northwest Territories, Canada. For my thesis, I was awarded the Robin P. Armstrong Award by the Canadian Association of Geographers.

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