Research and background: How individuals and groups experience and understand nature influences the way(s) that natural resource and ecosystem benefits are managed (i.e., studied, used and distributed through society). Because marine ecosystems and resources are the focus of increasing economic development and conservation attention, my work aims to build understanding about the ways that humans know, value and manage oceans. My research program builds around the themes of oceans governance, seafood production and consumption, and the diverse livelihood and political strategies of coastal communities.
To date, I have studied how/why fishers participate in marine conservation research in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the political drivers and social-ecological outcomes of initiatives for shellfish aquaculture expansion in British Columbia, Canada. Emerging research explores contemporary approaches to and perspectives on seafood production/consumption, with a focus on aquaculture expansion. I am also involved in collaborative research in coastal British Columbia, one objective of which is to identify and build effective and equitable relations amongst First Nations peoples, scientists and resource managers in the context of fisheries management and community economy.
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship