About Me

On the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

About Me

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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. I did my PhD at the University of Calgary with my mentor John Post, my MSc at the University of Florida under the tutelage of Mike Allen and Mike Netherland, and my BSc at San Diego State University.

My research primarily focuses on understanding the social and ecological patterns and processes governing the sustainability of natural resource systems, like fisheries.

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I use a combination of theoretical and empirical approaches to tackle a variety of challenges in applied ecology. In particular, I am interested in informing resource management with some of the underlying dynamics influencing the resilience of complex systems.

My research often 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:

  • Population ecology and life-history variation of exploited fishes
  • Local and landscape patterns in complex adaptive social-ecological systems
  • Understanding the coupled feedbacks between people and nature
  • Navigating tradeoffs between competing management objectives
  • Improving fishery assessment and monitoring designs
Network high heterogeneity migration
Patchy landscape networks influence the interactions between people (squares) and resource populations (circles) leading to variable spatial patterns in overfishing

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