As an interdisciplinary marine conservation ecologist, I strive for an integrative approach bringing together ecology, oceanography, conservation, natural resource management and social sciences (particularly with respect to governance). My research focuses on applying ecological theory to develop applied solutions to natural resource management and conservation problems across a range of scales. Specifically, my current work centers on: 1) mismatches between the scale of management and inter- and intra-specific interactions; 2) understanding social and ecological processes that generate pattern in anthropogenic stressors and biodiversity at meso- and macro-scales; and 3) conservation of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). I address 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 sit on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI), and was the lead of its Dynamic Pelagic Working Group. In this 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 new 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 the UNGA PrepCom process.