I have a passion for fisheries sustainability and marine conservation. Originally from farm country in California, my interests have taken me first to New Zealand, and on to Australia, where I worked as a research scientist for the Western Australian Department of Fisheries for four years before starting my PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2016.
My background is in marine ecology and fisheries sustainability and certification, and I have worked in understanding the environmental impacts of a range of wild capture fisheries, from small-scale hand collection shellfish fisheries to large, multi-species, multi-method finish fisheries, and building mitigation strategies and monitoring programs to address issues.
I approach my work from a system-wide perspective, exploring social, economic and environmental drivers of resource use in diverse fisheries around the world. Understanding these drivers will help managers to identify possible solutions that ensure we meet both human well-being and ecological sustainability goals.