I am a fisheries ecologist interested in the coupled natural-human dynamics that arise from management. My research projects often include a large field data collection component that has both underwater surveys of flora and fauna, as well as boat or land-based interviews. With these data, I perform statistical analyses and design simulation models to understand interactions, mechanisms, and feedbacks within and between species, habitats, and coastal communities. I strive to take a holistic ecosystem-based approach to my research that is centered on collaborative learning experiences. I work in a variety of coastal and marine ecosystems and the problems I choose to address are always driven by stakeholders.
I currently hold a joint appointment at the University of Rhode Island with the College of Environment and Life Sciences and the Graduate School of Oceanography. Before starting at URI in 2015, I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the US Environmental Protection Agency. I finished my PhD at Rhodes University (South Africa) in 2014 where my research was based in Kenya and in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society. I earned a MS degree at Louisiana State University, and a BS degree at the University of Vermont. I grew up in the mountains of southwest Virginia and I enjoy fishing, surfing, camping, and tinkering in the garage.