work experience

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Gulf of Mottama International Advisor | International Union for Conservation of Nature

2017-2019. Gulf of Mottama Project in Myanmar. Managed IUCN’s activity on this large, multi-sector project to support community-led management of the Gulf of Mottama, working toward biodiversity conservation, resilient communities, and effective governance.


See Clients for more information; consulting positions range from work with small NGOs, universities, and large international organizations

Conservation Assessment Scholar & NSF Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability Fellow | University of California, San Diego

Postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in the Aburto lab; focusing on ideas of stewardship and particularly the case study of vaquita conservation.


MSc & PhD, Oceanography | Scripps Institution of Oceanography @ University of California, San Diego

2009 & 2014

Through the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, and co-advised by Dr. Lisa T. Ballance (SIO and Southwest Fisheries Science Center) and Dr. Paul Dayton (SIO). Social-ecological dissertation: Conservationscapes: An interdisciplinary approach to assessing marine mammal bycatch in small-scale fisheries.

BA, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; Certificate in Environmental Studies | Princeton University


Honors; Undergraduate thesis on parasitology of zebras in conservancies and ranches in Laikipia, Kenya

fellowships & awards

NSF SEES Postdoctoral fellowship (2014-2017) • J. Stephen Leatherwood Award, 20th Biennial Conference on Marine Mammal Biology (2013) • UCSD Graduate Student Association Interdisciplinary Research Award (2013) • Fulbright U.S. Student Scholar, Philippines Program (2011) • NSF Graduate Fellowship (2008-2011) • NSF Interdisciplinary Graduate Education & Research Training Associate, Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (2007-2008) • San Diego Diversity Fellowship (2007-2008)