I believe that the thoughtful visual display of data and statistical models can powerfully inform conservation ecology and help us understand the ecological risks associated with human activities. I'm a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Andrew Cooper in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Later in 2015 I will begin a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship at the University of Washington and Northwest Fisheries Science Center.
My research broadly spans the field of quantitative ecology across taxa (e.g. sea cucumbers, reef fish, salmon, moths, grizzly bears, amphibians), ecosystems (marine, freshwater, terrestrial), methods (empirical, theoretical, experimental), spatial scale (regional, national, global) and time periods (modern, historical, paleontological). In my PhD thesis work, I considered how we can use tools from financial portfolio management to create stable and productive ecosystems.
I teach workshops on data visualization and manipulation for scientists. I also develop a number of R packages. With collaborators, I'm developing packages to run fisheries stock assessment simulations with Stock Synthesis software (ss3sim), measure ecological portfolio effects (ecofolio), and simulate salmon metapopulation portfolios (metafolio).
I completed an M.Sc. at Dalhousie University with Dr. Heike Lotze working on trends, drivers, and ecosystem effects of expanding global invertebrate fisheries. In particular, we focussed on patterns of serial exploitation in global sea cucumber fisheries and our paper was featured in the journal Science. My thesis won the Canadian Governor General's Gold Medal as the top-ranked M.Sc. thesis at Dalhousie University in Engineering and Natural Sciences.