Exploring the wonderful world of social-ecological conservation assessment

I am an NSF SEES Fellow & Conservation Assessment Scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography‘s (SIO) Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC), and the founder & co-chair of CMBC’s Small-Scale & Artisanal Fisheries Research Network (SAFRN).

For my postdoctoral research, I’m working with Octavio Aburto and the Gulf of California Marine Program at CMBC, Ratana Chuenpagdee and Too Big To Ignore, the Marine Conservation Institute, and more, to evaluate how Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs), and Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) meet ecological and social management objectives, ranging from protection of biodiversity to human rights.  My general research interest is interdisciplinary, human rights-based approach to conservation of nearshore environments in developing nations. I also seek to understand and improve how the conservation community communicates and collaborates, so that recommendations resulting from research can better be linked to concrete, effective action.