- B.S. Anthropology-Zoology, University of Michigan, 2005
- M.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2009
- Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Maryland, 2020
I am an ecological anthropologist with an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human-nature relationships in coastal systems. Most recently, my research frames aquaculture development through a social-ecological lens and involves applied, participatory projects intended to advance the state of the science as well as produce actionable, community-responsive, and industry/management-relevant results.
Ongoing research topics include: cultural ecosystem services associated with coastal systems, fisheries, and aquaculture; social license and acceptability for aquaculture; livelihood diversification within aquaculture and commercial fisheries; the social impact of aquaculture development.
Though much of my research centers on the social dimensions of aquaculture, I am interested in the implications of changing social-ecological systems broadly. While currently seeking students for aquaculture-focused research, I also welcome students interested in other socially-oriented coastal topics.