My research focuses on positive and reciprocal human-ocean relationships and sits within the UNESCO chair program in Communication, Environment, and Heritage. I am interested in how human connections to marine resources have been represented through time, as socio-cultural priorities shift, and as climate change and other anthropogenic pressures progress. I aim to explore these themes with Abalone fisheries and kelp forest management as case studies.
I’m originally from Edmonton, Canada, where I completed my BSc in environmental sciences. A love for diving and work experience as a divemaster led me to pursue my MSc in marine biology at Ghent University, focused on global ocean change.
Reason for joining CMS and research relatedness:
Marine socio-ecology is at the core of my research interests and Ph.D. project. My research explores how positive and reciprocal human relationships with the ocean have shaped and may continue to shape sustainable marine futures with the conservation of nature, culture and heritage in mind. Thus, the resources and connections available through CMS will be integral to the success of this interdisciplinary project.