I believe that a sustainable future for coastal communities requires environmentally and socially just research and governance. In my research, I study the intersections of and relationships between social, ecological, and political dimensions of fisheries development and coastal management.
My dissertation research focuses on knowledge and power in coastal fishery governance. I study the integration of multiple knowledges, values, and worldviews into the governance of salmon on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. I conduct research with the permission of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations and under the guidance of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Ha'oom Fishing Society, with the intent to support the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations' path towards self determination through agency in fisheries governance.
I am also involved in projects regarding seafood values and aquaculture narratives in coastal North Carolina, and in the assessment of equity in social economic outcomes of coastal restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico.
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As an undergraduate, I studied Biology with a Marine Biology focus and International Studies at Oregon State University. Through the OSU Novak Lab, I gained field and lab research experience in marine ecology of rocky intertidal systems and developed an independent research project studying gooseneck barnacles. My research developed into my undergraduate thesis, which in turn evolved into a collaborative project between multiple stakeholders on the Oregon coast to establish a sustainable, scientifically informed and community supported fishery. Additionally, I helped lead OSU Divest, a student organized campaign demanding OSU remove their investments in fossil fuels and redistribute those funds in investments supporting a sustainable future through environmental and social justice initiatives and renewable energy technology.
Through working with stakeholders and fishery management offices in my research and learning about intersectional environmental justice in Divest organizing, I decided to switch my study focus. I want to develop environmentally sustainable and socially just coastal management through participatory, inclusive, and community driven research. In the fall of 2017, I began pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in Marine Science and Conservation at Duke University under the mentorship of Dr. Grant Murray.