Dana graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in biology and a marine ecology thesis from Villanova University. She spent the following three years working in marine ecological research and many facets of the fishing and dive industries in Cape Cod, MA, and the Bay Islands, Honduras. Dana’s current research focuses on how fisheries and conservation interventions impact marine social and ecological systems, with a particular focus on small-scale, data-poor marine systems. Her methodology includes interdisciplinary systems-based approaches and participatory research techniques that value fisheries stakeholder knowledge. Though she loves many fish and marine species, Dana has a “soft” spot for the quahog, the hard-shelled clam, which was her first research subject at the age of one.