My research is focused on identifying and understanding factors that contribute to resilience and sustainability within coastal ecosystems.
I utilize a broad suite of ecological and social science tools to study these systems, and specific research questions typically focus on: 1) the social and ecological linkages between coastal habitat degradation, restoration and resilience, 2) the role of citizen science and traditional ecological knowledge for informing resource management and restoration, and 3) influences on decision making and support systems for coastal conservation and restoration planning.
Currently, I’m in my first of three years as a National Science Foundation SEES Fellow mentored by Dr. Jonathan Grabowski at Northeastern University‘s Marine Science Center and Dr. Mike Beck, Lead Scientist on The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Team. Together with my mentors and several other collaborators, I am working on a project focused on the social and ecological resilience of coastal shoreline ecosystems with a goal of developing better frameworks for informed decision making.
Away from the world of science, I relax and travel with my lovely wife Mallory and our two shelties, Hannah and Bibs.