A BIT ABOUT MYSELF
I am a passionate marine conservationist, researcher, and community leader. My goal is to protect people and nature from climate change using approaches grounded in collaboration, science, and proactivity. Pronouns: she/her
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest as a settler on the beautiful and unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. I feel very connected to the life that thrives in and around the Salish Sea.
My connection to place inspired me to pursue a doctorate in Zoology at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Christopher Harley, where I collaborated with community, Indigenous, and government partners to understand the vulnerability of marine life to climate change and the relationships that communities in the Salish Sea hold with the ocean.
In addition to graduate school, I work with regional non-profit organizations on marine spatial planning, restoration, and marine conservation initiatives based in Howe Sound/Átl’ka7tsem (one of three Squamish Nation place names for the Sound). I appreciate being able to apply the knowledge and lessons I learn through work experience to my academic research, and vice versa.
Overall, I am a strong advocate for pairing research with action and love being involved in opportunities that advance humanity’s capacity to protect nature and our connections to it.