I’ve worked in marine science and public outreach for almost fifteen years. My writing and research focuses on marine resource exploitation worldwide, from local New England Rivers to the remote reaches of Antarctica. During my graduate work at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, I studied life history of Antarctic toothfish, one of two species known as “Chilean sea bass.” The Ross Sea population I investigated supports the most remote fishery on Earth.
I’ve worked in the lab, underwater, and at sea and have presented my work at conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally, while publishing in peer-reviewed journals. I’ve toiled as a federal fisheries observer on New England groundfish boats and spent a number of years devoted to wilderness therapy and environmental education throughout the United States. Over the years, I’ve also worked in traditional ecological knowledge - from uncovering the details of the first documented dam protest in New England to investigating the precolonial cod fishery history.
To gain true expertise in communicating science to the public, I completed a Graduate Certificate in Science Communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009. As an established science writer and multi-media producer, I’ve published articles and multi-media about marine science, the environment and human well-being in local, national and international outlets. Most recently, I've worked with the Last Ocean Project to produce media and support outreach to promote policy designed to protect ecologically important regions of the globe like the Ross Sea, Antarctica. I've also worked with the Antarctic Ocean Alliance writing policy reports identifying important areas for marine protection in the Antarctic.
This fall (2012) I've returned to school to pursue a PhD with Stanford University’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. I’ve proposed to quantify and qualify the tipping points that led to historical conservation action. I plan to study the strategies of indigenous fishers, scholars who have studied the origins of conservation ethics, and bold political efforts like the Antarctic Treaty. I hope to apply these political, scientific and cultural frameworks to the high seas and other ocean regions in urgent need of sustainable management.