I am a doctoral student in the Wildlife Coexistence Lab at the University of British Columbia, jointly advised by Cole Burton (Faculty of Forestry) and Robin Naidoo (WWF / Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability). Please refer to my CV for more information on my professional experience, achievements and affiliations.
Though I was trained as a natural scientist, I am equally interested in the human side of wildlife conservation and landscape protection in the developing world, especially under the unfolding impacts of climate change. Through my doctoral research in Africa, I will be evaluating the efficacy of new approaches to plan protected areas that mitigate human-wildlife conflicts, including the broader ramifications of land-use conflicts between conservation activities and human livelihoods. I am also interested in the drivers and dynamics of illegal wildlife trade; rigorous evaluation of conservation interventions and impacts; the role that ecotourism and payments for ecosystem services can play in supporting transitional economies; and equity in conservation.
I am a member of 500 Women Scientists, and an advocate for increased support and equity for under-represented minorities— particularly women, girls and first-generation students— in STEM education and professions.