My current research interests are in characterizing human impacts on coral reef fish assemblages through the synthesis of social and ecological data. At URI, I am applying this framework to the coral reef ecosystems of Indonesia. Before Rhode Island, I worked for NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Hawaii, where I split my time between the office and being out to sea, collecting integrated ecosystem monitoring data throughout the U.S. Pacific. I finished my PhD in 2013 at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa studying spatial patterns of coral genetic relatedness. Before graduate school, I earned a BS from Cornell University and worked with a community-based coastal resource management NGO in the Philippines as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.
As you can see, my research interests may have shifted slightly over the years, but I remain committed to building capacity where it is needed, both domestically and internationally, in coral reef conservation and ecosystem-based fisheries management. I enjoy running, surfing, cooking, playing piano, and listening to music. I grew up on Long Island, New York, and am happy to be returning to the East Coast.