I’m an ecologist interested in the effects of change on ecosystems, from forests, to freshwater fish, to marine communities. I’m currently supported by an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship and a PICS PhD Fellowship, and am thrilled to work collaboratively within the SSHRC OceanCanada and NSERC CHONe II (Canadian Healthy Oceans Network) networks. My current focus is the adaptive capacity of coastal social-ecological systems to climate change, and how marine spatial planning might affect that capacity.
Previously, I studied the effects of warming river temperatures on salmon; my Masters work with Scott Hinch looked at how populations of sockeye salmon differ in thermal tolerance during early development, and how that might relate to historical temperature patterns. Pretty awesome stuff, with some great colleagues.
I am interested in ways of integrating natural science with traditional ecological knowledge and social science methods in order to contribute to improved community conservation and ecological integrity. By identifying how climate changes affect temperate marine systems, I aim to identify tools for effective conservation planning and management in a rapidly changing world.