I am an Assistant Research Professor with the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab at Duke University.
As an applied marine geospatial ecologist, I strive for an integrated approach using ecological theory and modeling, geography, geoinformatics, conservation science and oceanography to inform management and governance of marine biodiversity. In this context, I have worked on the spatiotemporal dynamics of human impacts using big-data in a fisheries and biodiversity for over a decade. My research addresses conservation and natural resource use questions across a variety of scales using a highly interdisciplinary approach and committed engagement in policy fora. I focus on: 1) mismatches in the spatiotemporal scale of resource distribution, extraction and management; 2) the biogeography of anthropogenic stressors and biodiversity; and 3) scaling systematic conservation planning to a global level. I examine these topics by developing empirical models using large species observation, fisheries and physical oceanographic datasets and by working with social scientists to understand social-ecological interactions, and inform marine policy and governance.
I am the co-chair of the Global Ocean Observing System Biology & Ecosystems Panel, and sit on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI). In this latter capacity and as a former liaison for the Census of Marine Life to the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), I have been intimately involved in the description and analysis of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs). This has led to work considering how science can inform area-based planning in areas beyond national jurisdiction, particularly through Regional Fisheries Management Organization, the International Seabed Authority and negotiations at the UN of a new treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction.
I also sit on the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Science Council, participate in the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) Policy Working Group and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas High Seas Specialist Group.