I am a PADI Divemaster and avid ocean advocate, leading marine research projects in Indonesia and Timor-Leste as a Boren Scholar, Projects for Peace Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar. Adopting tools from political ecology, behavioral economics, and marine science, my research integrates interdisciplinary research methods to interrogate the complex relationships between the marine environment and human society. As a 2019-20 Fulbright Scholar, I spent a year in Wakatobi National Park in Indonesia analyzing how tourism can help improve the resilience and adaptive capacity of local ecosystems and communities in response to crises like climate change and Covid-19.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I am a current student at the University of Edinburgh, studying to obtain a Masters of Science in Marine Systems and Policy as a Marshall Scholar, which will transfer into a PhD program in the Fall of 2021. I also work as a Project and Communications Manager for Solimar International, a sustainable tourism consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.
In my free time I enjoy an endless number of outdoor and ocean-related activities, including freediving, surfing, scuba diving, running, rock climbing, and mountain biking.