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 Ph.D. Candidate and Fulbright Scholar in quantitative ecology at Simon Fraser University in the Earth to Oceans research group, Vancouver, Canada. In my thesis work, I want to figure out how we can use tools from financial portfolio management to create stable and productive ecosystems. I also work on topics ranging from species extinction risk to predator-prey-environment interactions to fisheries stock assessment.
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.