My research aims to find solutions for conservation problems facing predator populations in marine ecosystems. After spending several years in Thailand, Indonesia, and Western Australia working as a field technician and analyst with a shark research and conservation organization, I returned to the U.S. and earned a Ph.D. at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara in 2016.
The primary goal of my research is to understand how animal movement affects the management of wildlife populations. I focus on predators in the marine environment, where animal movement is largely unobserved, and use a combination of field surveys, experiments, and spatially and temporally explicit analytical tools to attempt to resolve a set of ecological debates regarding the trophic structure of coral reef communities, the drivers of life history variability in marine predators, the ecological effects of non-consumptive human impacts on sharks, and the role of big data and emerging data collection technologies in the management of highly migratory marine species.
I currently have an appointment as a postdoctoral researcher with the Sustainable Fisheries Group at UCSB in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.