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

About me

I am a marine ecologist and conservation scientist fundamentally motivated to understand tropical coral reefs and the coastal livelihoods they support. My research integrates 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, including Science, NatureEcology 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

I am a Conservation Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Previously I've held a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto and a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship at the University of North Carolina. In my free time, I can be found paddling whitewater or climbing rocks in the nearest wilderness.

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)