Stories from the field, tips for aspiring researchers, analyses of pressing conservation issues, and *opinions* (of which I have many) about conservation as a field and academia as a sector, as well as updates from my work and cool outputs from colleague-friends. See also Conservation Realist and Keiruna Inc.
Welcome to the Conservation Realist publication!
In the conservation world, there are often starry-eyed calls for optimism. “Hope spots” and “bright spots.” A common rallying cry: “We have to show that it’s not all doom and gloom!”
What’s often ignored is that there is a vast and rich middle ground between optimism and doom. It’s realism. And we need more of it to be incorporated in mainstream conservation conversations and actions.
With thoughtful and responsible use, Design Thinking can substantially contribute to more effective, equitable, and ethical conservation practices.
At the Myanmar Coastal Conservation Lab (MCCL) at Point B Design + Training, we’ve developed a thoughtful, remarkably effective training program toContinue reading “Developing an Innovative Conservation Training Program”
Written in April – some thoughts and quick information search on what the pandemic actually means for the environment, beyond thoughtless “natureContinue reading “Environmentalism in a Pandemic: The importance of critical, empathetic, and future-driven thinking”
What dwells in these muddy waters: The quest for dolphins and porpoises in the Gulf of Mottama, Myanmar
About our journey – from an unexpected revelation in India, to poking around fishing villages, to finally seeing the animals with ourContinue reading “What dwells in these muddy waters: The quest for dolphins and porpoises in the Gulf of Mottama, Myanmar”
Bycatch is a serious threat to marine megafauna around the world; reducing it requires changes in how people fish, posing a highly challenging situation where conservation might threaten human well-being.
Cute, Generally Irritating, and Endangered: Lessons from studying Irrawaddy dolphins & their conservation systems
We love to gripe about these dolphins, but we also just love them. My views of conservation have been heavily influenced byContinue reading “Cute, Generally Irritating, and Endangered: Lessons from studying Irrawaddy dolphins & their conservation systems”
You may have heard about the vaquita, a hapless little porpoise species in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico. It’s been oneContinue reading “Research Highlight: Misguided attempts to revive Vaquita Conservation”
I wrote this back in 2016 or so, but most of it should still hold true! I often receive emails from aspiringContinue reading “Some tips for aspiring conservation researchers”
…who is missing in the coverage of the vaquita’s demise? Vaquita conservation has been a hot topic (well, as far as endangeredContinue reading “In Deep Sea News: Beyond drug lords and conservationists…”
Officially out in Marine Mammal Science this month – another chapter from the ol’ disseration – Multi-methods approach to characterizing the magnitude, impact,Continue reading “Read all about it: Multi-methods approach for estimating Irrawaddy dolphin bycatch”
Main point: One of the most intensely frustrating attributes of the general conservation community is a fear of realism – optimism isContinue reading “On “hopelessness”, ignorant bliss, and pragmatism”
Presenting my first first-author paper, from my dissertation! This paper is part of a special issue in Applied Geography on Cultural GeographyContinue reading “Read all about it: Governance Potential for Marine Mammal Bycatch Mitigation”
Way back in August (actually, exactly 5 months ago), I gave the most important presentation of my life thus far: my dissertationContinue reading “Ta-Daaaa: Defense Presentation Video!”
If you want to see me struggle to repress an eye-roll of great magnitude, just say, “Well, what is the role ofContinue reading “Let’s move this science-policy-communication conversation forward”