I have been a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Conservation Biology since 2017. I am based at Simon Fraser University, and advised by Dr. Nicholas Dulvy and Dr. Scott Wallace (David Suzuki Foundation). My Postdoctoral research has focused on assessing public attitudes towards shark conservation in North America. “The Liber Ero post-doctoral fellowship program seeks to support exceptional early-career scientists to conduct and communicate research that informs applied conservation and management issues relevant to Canada.”
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Miami in Ecosystem Science and Policy in 2016. You can read my dissertation, “An Integrative and Interdisciplinary Approach to Shark Conservation: Policy Solutions, Ecosystem, Role, and Stakeholder Attitudes ,” online here. All of my dissertation chapters have been published. My Ph.D. dissertation committee was composed of Dr. Neil Hammerschlag (major advisor), Gina Maranto (University of Miami), Dr. Michael Heithaus (Florida International University), Dr. Nicholas Dulvy (Simon Fraser University), and Dr. Andrew Binder (North Carolina State University).
Masters in Marine Biology
I received my Masters in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston in 2011. My Masters research focused on using stable isotopes to infer the food web ecology of South Carolina estuaries, with a focus on sandbar sharks. You can read the resulting publication here. My Masters supervisor was Dr. Gorka Sancho, and my committee was composed of Dr. John Kucklick (NIST) and Dr. Daniel Abel (Coastal Carolina University). During this time, I also worked as a field assistant for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources under the supervision of chief scientist Bryan Frazier.
Bachelor of Science in Biology with Distinction
I received my bachelor of science degree (with distinction, along with a concentration in marine science and a minor in history) from Duke University in 2007. I performed undergraduate research focusing on the feeding behavior of coastal rays in the Outer Banks.