I am a spatial and fisheries ecologist interested in how relationships within and among species inform how we should manage marine ecosystems and resources. I am a graduate student in Steve Gaines' lab at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I use a combination of computer modeling and empirical approaches to investigate how basic species' traits like fertility and growth rate, and interactions between species like competition and predation, combine with human pressures to determine the structure and function of marine ecological communities.
My research has taken me from my childhood home in New England, to the Philippines and Indonesia, the Caribbean, and now to California. Along the way, I have studied large, industrial fisheries like New England's iconic cod fishery; small-scale, artisanal and subsistence fisheries in the developing tropics; and human-environment interactions in California kelp forests. I believe that marine resources are essential to human well-being, but that appropriate stewardship of those resources requires an understanding of our cumulative impact on the oceans. We are one (powerful) force among many that interact to structure the marine environment, and it is our responsibility to learn where we fit to ensure that the resources we glean from the ocean will benefit future generations.