I am a marine ecologist & quantitative biologist, and am currently a post-doctoral researcher at Simon Fraser University in the School of Resource and Environmental Management and the Hakai Institute in in British Columbia, Canada.

Broadly, my research investigates why many wild marine populations fluctuate dramatically in space and time, and how those processes impact and are affected by ecological management and conservation.  I integrate theory, field and laboratory experiments, field surveys, statistical analysis and simulation modeling.  I also enjoy ongoing participation in several large interdisciplinary collaborative groups such as the Santa Barbara Coastal (SBC) and Moorea Coral Reef (MCR) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) programs, the Global Impacts of Climate Change on Kelp Forest Ecosystems working group at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and as a core member of the Ocean Modeling Forum Herring Working Group.

At SFU I am studying how fish metapopulation dynamics impact risk of overfishing at different spatial and temporal scales using theory, simulation modeling and statistical analysis.  I’m also doing some fun fieldwork.  This work is part of a large collaborative research group, funded by NSERC, focused on better understanding the Pacific herring ecology and fisheries.

I completed my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MSc in Fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

  I am also a fan of innovative, if not unorthodox, ways of solving problems…

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