I am currently a postdoctoral associate at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Based at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC, I am working at the Coasts and Commons Co-Laboratory on a Duke-FAO-Worldfish led project entitled ‘Illuminating Hidden Harvests’ to expand our knowledge on the contributions of small-scale fisheries to the dimensions of sustainable development (i.e., social, economic, environmental, and governance) and thus the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
I consider myself a conservation/fisheries scientist and institutional scholar who works at the interface of ecology, social science, resource management, and policy to solve real-world natural resource management problems. I have a broad, interdisciplinary background in marine ecology, conservation planning and institutional governance spanning the natural and social sciences. I am broadly driven by research questions at the forefront of the interaction between natural and human systems in the context of small-scale fisheries management, no matter the study system or location. I am particularly interested in developing creative, pragmatic solutions that promote marine resource sustainability and increase resiliency of coastal communities.
I graduated with a PhD in Environmental Life Sciences from Arizona State University in 2017. After that I worked as Faculty Associate at Arizona State University teaching Quantitative Methods in Conservation and Ecology. I also have a MSc in Environmental Management from Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel in Germany and an MSc in Biology, Ecology and Evolution from the University of Poitiers in France in 2011, and a BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. For my dissertation research, I used the Coupled Infrastructure Systems framework, following the tradition of Elinor Ostrom’s Institutional Analysis and Development framework, to better understand the interdependencies between social, economic, natural, and institutional processes affecting marine reserve implementation and performance efficacy in the Gulf of California (GOC), Mexico. My work was mainly supported by the CONACYT Doctoral Fellowship (2011-2016).