Linking Design Thinking and Social-Ecological Research in Mon State, Myanmar

Working with Point b Design + Training and the Marine Science Department at Mawlamyine University, I am (1) learning more about design thinking and human-centered research alongside graduate students and faculty in Point b’s “Human Centered Research Skills” course, and (2) collaborating with Marine Science faculty and a Point b intern on a pilot research…

Project: Perspectives on the Future of Vaquita Conservation

The vaquita is the most endangered marine mammal in the world. It is a tiny porpoise that is found only in the Upper Gulf of California. Its decline has been primarily caused by bycatch, or accidental capture in fishing gear. Efforts to conserve this hapless species have stirred up a veritable maelstrom of controversy and distrust….

On “hopelessness”, ignorant bliss, and pragmatism

Main point: One of the most intensely frustrating attributes of the general conservation community is a fear of realism – optimism is important, of course, but so is pragmatism. Species, ecosystems, resources (whatever you’re interested in conserving) will not survive merely because we hold hands and *believe* that they can.  Conservation approaches must be designed…

This is Dedicated…

As I was browsing through my dissertation to prepare final reports for partners, I came across my dedication.  And I regretted that I did not include it in my defense presentation (see next blog post), because crafting this dedication meant a lot to me and encapsulated some of the most meaningful influences on my life…

Long story short

(1) It’s been a while since I updated this, because (2) I was busy finishing my PhD, and am now (3) starting my NSF SEES postdoctoral fellowship at CMBC (yes, staying in beloved San Diego!) with Octavio Aburto and the Gulf of California Marine Program, Ratana Chuenpagdee and Too Big To Ignore (TBTI), the Marine…

SAFRN Blog: “Saving dolphins & Managing Small-scale Fisheries”

Some quick thoughts about addressing the marine mammal bycatch problem & how we need to see where we can align marine mammal conservation goals with fisheries management goals… motivated by discussions at the SEAMAM 3 Conference in Langkawi last week. Saving dolphins & Managing small-scale fisheries