CONSERVATION ECOLOGIST AND WRITER
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Conservation Action Lab at UC Santa Cruz studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a Designated Emphasis in Coastal Science & Policy. My research focuses on assessing conservation strategies for marine megafauna. I am also a National Geographic Young Explorer and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. My dissertation research focuses on mapping and mitigating marine fisheries bycatch in small- and large-scale fisheries, using manta and devil rays as a model group of species. I use a broad array of approaches to tackle this conservation problem, including genetics, mapping, economic optimization modelling, and policy analysis. Read more about that work here.
Other ongoing projects include teaching field biology and conservation with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UC Santa cruz, as well as leading an effort to prevent and manage sexual harassment and assault in field settings with the Center to Advance Inquiry-Based Opportunities in Ecology & Conservation. I also organize and host an annual event called Fish Tales: A Live Storytelling Event in Santa Cruz. Read more about these projects here.
Previously, I was journalist covering the science and the environment, wildlife crime and trafficking, and politics. I am most interested in the intersection between people and the natural world — how do we use the planet's resources without destroying them? How do we coexist with animals without wiping them out? How do we really save the whales?
My work has been featured in Slate, Gawker, Times, Salon, Grist, The Verge, Narratively, VICE, Popular Science, Quartz, Motherboard, Orion Magazine, Discovery, The Nation, Catamaran Magazine, The Dodo, EarthTouch News and others. I was a Fellow at Grist Magazine, a Staff Writer at Gawker and The Dodo, and a freelance reporter. Past interview subjects include primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, environmental thinker Bill McKibben, Sea Shepherd Capt. Paul Watson, Gene Baur ... Chevy Chase and Steve-O.
By night, I am the fiction editor of Potluck Magazine, a literary journal that features fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. Check it out.
My work is generously funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, Save Our Seas Foundation, Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society, UCSC Grad Lab, and the Myers Oceanographic & Marine Biology Trust Grant.