We ground our consulting work and writing in critical thinking, systems thinking, and mindfulness, bringing practical experience, expertise, and empathy together with creativity and an eagerness to connect and learn. We primarily work in coastal and ocean conservation and its intersections with rights, livelihoods, and well-being. However, our work readily transfers to more general topics in conservation and the environment, sustainable development, project management, and social justice, including our work sharing perspectives of nonspeaking autistic people. Through this work, we embrace a Design Thinking approach.

Social-ecological research for conservation, sustainable development, and program monitoring & evaluation. Qualitative & quantitative approaches applied to topics including:

  • Action-to-outcomes pathways
  • Stakeholder perspectives & inclusion
  • Human-centered project/toolkit design
  • Bycatch in small-scale fisheries

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Participant-centered design, implementation, and assessment of activities to ensure inclusive, engaging, and sustained learning & impact. Includes:

  • Project design & proposal writing trainings
  • Gender in conservation workshop
  • Systems Thinking for Conservation training
  • Stakeholder consultations

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Bringing technical expertise and attention to detail to yield clear and accurate outputs, aligned with donor, organization, and project guidelines. Output types include:

  • Technical reports for conservation topics
  • Conservation management plans
  • Proposal preparation
  • Peer-reviewed articles in coastal conservation

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Bringing our knowledge and personal experiences together to create pieces – analyses for general audiences, personal essays, and poetry – to inform, move, and uplift. Topics include:

  • Environmental issues
  • Stories from the conservation field
  • Empathy, mindfulness, and impact
  • Advocacy for nonspeaking autistic people

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Latest News, Views, & Stories

Skies Revolve

It is oppressively sunny, blaring, glaring.  I’m in the upstairs living room with heat streaming in the rows of windows, sitting compressed under the heavy air, bleary eyed, frantically hunched over the computer, disheveled.

Why we need conservation realism

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.

A Street in a Strange World

An old bit of musing that I wrote while leaving Jakarta after a whirlwind – yet tedious – visit to process my research permit in 2012. Posted in Medium


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