I am interested in addressing data and communication gaps in tropical fisheries management. My thesis work analyzes the social-ecological impact of rabbitfish and grouper fisheries in eastern Indonesia, focusing on the Bajou community in Wakatobi. This research will help us better understand how fisheries benefits interact with social, cultural, and economic factors that affect the distribution of reef-derived seafood. Fieldwork for this project is being done in collaboration with Dr. Wa Iba at the University of Halu Oleo in Kendari, SE Sulawesi.
Before coming to URI, I worked as a public radio journalist in Southeast Alaska before moving to Indonesia where I reported on environmental issues for Scientific American, Al Jazeera, Mongabay, and other outlets for many years. I graduated from Reed College in 2009 with a BS degree in Biology. I was born in Jakarta and grew up in Beijing, Bangalore, and other cities in South and East Asia. I enjoy hiking and learning new languages.