I am a social-ecologist for hire who seeks to link creative ideas with on-the-ground, socially ethical solutions to conservation challenges. I am fascinated by the systems that shape the world we live in, and how these systems influence how we can translate words and ideas into meaningful action. In the conservation realm, I have embraced systems thinking as a vital approach to understanding and evaluating conservation impacts, with a strong focus on human experiences. I am passionate about improving how conservation functions in developing countries, using my extensive on-the-ground experience (primarily in Southeast Asia) and exciting ideas from Design Thinking to train young researchers, conduct novel research, and evaluate projects.
In the process, I am continually shaped – personally and professionally – by the people, places, and issues that I encounter. I enjoy sharing these experiences and the ideas they inspire through non-fiction writings.
My professional work falls under the umbrella of my corporation, Keiruna Inc.
- Qualitative & quantitative project evaluation
- Marine megafauna bycatch assessment
- Conservation as a social process
CONSERVATION & RESEARCH TRAINING
- Core skills: systems thinking, critical thinking, mindfulness
- Proposal writing, presenting research to stakeholders
- Social-ecological methods
WRITING FOR WORK & FUN
- Conservation-related topics for diverse audiences
- Travel stories
- Essays on the environment, travel, tourism, life, etc.