Coral Reef Conservation and Management:
My primary research focus is on the effective management and conservation of coral reefs, and much of my work (detailed in my CV) has involved applied projects that help to inform policy decisions or spatial management plans. For my master's thesis project, I investigated the genetic connectivity patterns of three fishery-targeted coral reef species in Fiji, to help inform the design of an expanded protected area network in the country (learn more about the project with the video below!) I also proposed a marine management strategy for the Municipality of Miches in the Dominican Republic, combining several years of coral reef survey data with public policy and socioeconomic information to identify feasible management scenarios for the region. Using scientific information to guide management efforts is incredibly important, and I hope to continue this line of work into the future.