About Me

On the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

I am a Banting Fellow (NSERC) at Simon Fraser University, currently working with Jon Moore in the Salmon Watersheds Lab and Earth to Ocean Research Group. My research primarily focuses on understanding the social and ecological processes governing the resilience of exploited ecosystems, like fisheries. Previously, I did my PhD in Ecology at the University of Calgary, my MSc in Fisheries at the University of Florida, and my BSc in Biology at San Diego State University.

Fishery resilience emerges from feedbacks between fish, people, and managers (white ↔) nested within broader social, ecological, and political contexts (blue ↔). Adapted from Ward et al. (2016).

I combine empirical and theoretical approaches to tackle a variety of challenges in applied ecology. In particular, My research rests at the interface of interdisciplinary topics like quantitative ecology, population dynamics, life-history theory, fishery stock assessment, decision-making, spatial ecology, and human dimensions. Some of my current research areas include:

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  • Landscape ecology and life-history variation of exploited fishes
  • Risk and resilience in complex social-ecological systems
  • Understanding coupled feedbacks between people and nature
  • Navigating tradeoffs in conservation and fisheries management
  • Improving fishery assessment and monitoring designs

I also teach courses and workshops on (1) R programming for the biological sciences, (2) applied Bayesian modelling, and (3) fish population ecology and management.