My Ph.D. research focuses on the relationship between seafood and food security, and more specifically, on the challenges that growing seafood demand pose for marine biodiversity and ecosystem health.
I received my B.A. in biology from the College of Wooster (Ohio), and a Master’s of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University (Halifax). My master’s thesis research focused on the use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to evaluate large-scale environmental impacts of the Maine lobster and New England herring fisheries.
Prior to arriving at UBC, I spent 3.5 years as the sustainable fisheries campaign manager for a Canadian environmental organization; in this capacity, I co-negotiated a landmark marine habitat management agreement with the British Columbia groundfish bottom trawl fishery. I have also conducted a number of fisheries sustainability analyses for the Seafood Watch/SeaChoice programs.
I have approximately 350 days-at-sea experience in fisheries, primarily as a fisheries observer in Alaska and New England and secondarily as a salmon fisherman in Alaska.