I graduated from Miami University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Zoology and Environmental Science. While at Miami, I conducted research on green advertising with Dr. Stacey Lowery Bretz and lake carbon storage with Dr. Michael Vanni. In 2009, I spent a semester at the University of Ghana studying oceanography and resource management. My time there has largely influenced my interest in fisheries systems and the role of fisheries in food security.
During my PhD I worked with Dr. Michael Pace in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. My dissertation research focused on global seafood trade, the trade-offs between seafood and terrestrial food production, and the implications for food security.
I am now a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center where my work leverages an existing seafood economic model to produce seafood demand models for select African nations. A critical feature of my work is its accounting of small-scale fishing to better incorporate the behavior and nutrition of some of the most vulnerable human populations. The resulting models will serve as useful management tools for connecting environmental change and variability to human nutrition, and for projecting changes in natural resource use driven by seafood demand.
In addition to my research, I am interested in politics and policy. I have worked on numerous campaigns for local, state, and national elections in Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia. Within campaigns, I have gained experience advising, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, and community organizing.
I recently served as the local Sierra Club's political chair. In this position, I worked to plan and moderate two public forums on environmental issues for candidates for local offices, and work to inform citizens of proposed environmental legislation.
I also advocate for science policy by visiting my representatives to the U.S. Congress and Virginia General Assembly to discuss the importance of sustained science funding. To provide our representative with examples of the important ongoing research at UVa, I organized a tour of our department which highlighted the research's applications and economic benefits in Virginia.