My love of science and nature led me to pursue the study of natural resources as an undergraduate student. In my final few semesters, after years of ecology and population biology courses, I was exposed to my first economics and policy courses and had one of those “aha” moments. I realized that if I wanted to be at the intersection of science and management/policy, economics was what I needed to focus on. Translating ecological concepts into metrics that are meaningful and tangible to decision makers has been my primary area of focus since then.
I am an ecological economist who is focused on helping to highlight the intrinsic values of natural ecosystems to help inform sustainable resource management. Marine management issues are an area of particular interest and one in which I have considerable experience. I have brought my knowledge of fishing communities to promote sustainable fisheries and the well-being of fishers, fishing families, and fishing communities who depend on ocean resources. Ecological economics is cross-disciplinary by nature and I have been engaged in collaborative research utilizing social, ecological, and economic methods and have experience in interdisciplinary teams. Every project I have been involved in has been grounded in respect and a deep understanding of traditional ecological knowledge and indigenous culture.
PhD (In progress) ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
MS Natural Resources and Environmental Management. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
BS Natural Resources. Oregon State University
Minor. Fisheries and Wildlife Management. Oregon State University