Diving in the Solomon Islands. Photo: Stacy Jupiter / WCS

About me

I am a marine ecologist and conservation scientist fundamentally motivated to understand coral reef ecosystems and the coastal livelihoods they support. My research uses field surveys and collaborative 'big data' approaches to examine contemporary changes in reef coral communities and social-ecological systems of coral reef fisheries. My research on climate change, multiple stressors, resilience, life histories and community disassembly has been published in leading scientific journals, such as Ecology LettersGlobal Change BiologyPLoS BiologyConservation Biology, and Conservation Letters and highlighted by the Faculty of 1000. I also write popular science, including blogs for National Geographic Voices and The Conversation, and have been featured in the Huffington Post

Currently, I hold a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto, and an Associate Conservation Scientist affiliation with the Wildlife Conservation Society's Marine Program. Previously I was a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship at the University of North Carolina. In my free time, I can be found climbing rocks in the nearest mountains.

Selected Awards

Young Scientist Award, International Society for Reef Studies (2017)

Early Career Award, Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (2017)

NSERC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016 - 2018)

David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow (2013 - 2015)

Plenary Speaker, 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress
Glasgow, Scotland (2014)

Governor General's Gold Medal for PhD Dissertation,
Simon Fraser University (2012)