I am an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As an interdisciplinary scholar, my research lies at the intersection of political ecology, governance theory, and sustainability science. Using frameworks from these fields, my research investigates the equity, sustainability, and governance of marine and coastal systems, and the reciprocal relationship they have with human wellbeing and conflict. I am interested in understanding fisheries sustainability at multiple scales, and my research focuses on ecology and governance of marine systems, seafood within local and global food systems, and issues of maritime security and globalization. My current research explores:

1) The social and ecological consequences of competition between small-scale and industrial fishing in West Africa,

2) Management of tuna fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean and the implications for illicit activity and disproportionate conservation burden for Small Island Developing States (SIDS),

3) The broad relationship between fisheries and social conflict

4) The role of seafood in local and global food systems


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