I am a postdoc in the Leslie Lab leading an innovative research project based at Brown and Duke Universities documenting the practices of a governance form called marine ecosystem-based management. The sites we are focusing on include the Western Pacific, Mexico, and the United States. My specific interests in this project lie in understanding how social science informs these projects, how the developing country context influences ecosystem approaches, and how ecosystem discourse appeals to the institutions and actors involved as an appropriate means through which to mediate human-nature relations.

I received my Ph.D. in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Washington in 2008 focusing on the social and political dynamics of a marine protected area in Indonesia. I also have a BS in Biological Sciences from UC Davis.