I am broadly interested in coastal ecosystems and the challenges to sustainability in human communities dependent on marine resources. Can intertwined socioeconomic and ecological coastal systems achieve sustainability through stakeholder collaboration and applied research, guided by goals in both conservation and resource management? I specifically seek to explore this question in the context of small - scale and sustenance fisheries in rural and developing coastlines.
I was first introduced to intertidal ecology research through Mark Novak's laboratory at Oregon State University. After a transformative study abroad, my interests expanded to include the human dimensions of coastal systems. I began studying gooseneck barnacles (Pollicipes polymerus) to inform the sustainable development of a new Oregon Percebes fishery, which has led to my ongoing work.