Research: As a marine fisheries scientist at UBC in the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, I am interested in the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on Canadian and global marine environments and the ecosystem services it provides. I am working on projecting future scenarios under different climate regimes to assess the impacts on Canadian and global fisheries and aquaculture by modeling changes in species distribution and abundance, and quantifying effects on total profits and jobs and livelihoods of individuals and communities sustained by these ecosystem services. It is imperative that research in marine ecosystem services is communicated to the public and policymakers are aware of changes and recommendations provided by leading scientists. If human societies are to persist, we need to ensure food security is supported by sustainably managed resources as any other alternative will likely be insufficient.
Personal: I was born and raised in Vancouver, completed my undergrad in Ontario and my Master’s at the University of Victoria in Ecology and Evolution. I love the outdoors and the mild climate in Vancouver, yet I love being able to access true winter in the alpine of the Cascade and surrounding mountain ranges. I enjoy playing organized sports – hockey, tennis – but love outdoor activities including skiing/snowboarding, hiking, sailing, and camping. Oh, and I am a foodie.