PhD Disertation:

I am currently developing my project. I really enjoy learning how things connect, and viewing the world as a network. With this I am curious on how people’s own connections influence how they decide to manage their property, and how those personal decisions can influence species (particularly fish!) along Chesapeake Bay. 

Master’s thesis:

I looked at social networks of people and agencies attended meetings in the 1970s in the Great Lakes Basin fisheries to evaluate if collaboration across sectors and across spatial scales has changed over time. I also evaluated how people talked about ecosystem-based management to determine how key principles ecosystem-based management principles changed over time.

Other projects include:

  • Determining metrics to document how science has informed management decisions
  • Evaluating whether social networks of interdisciplinary vs non-interdisciplinary outreach teams influence their success

Professional and research interests:

  • systems ecology, graph theory
  • landscape ecology
  • nonnative species
  • coastal habitat connectivity
  • conservation, sustainability, and restoration
  • natural resource management
  • increasing underrepresented groups in science
  • science outreach