I graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1986 with a BSc degree in Marine Biology. In 1989, I completed a research MSc in reef fish ecology at the Bellairs Research Institute of McGill University in Barbados. I then went on to complete a Ph.D. at Dalhousie University in 1994, on the population dynamics of temperate reef fishes in Nova Scotia.
My research career has taken me around the globe, including positions at the Centre for Marine Resource Studies in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the University of Guam Marine Laboratory, the Palau International Coral Reef Centre, the WorldFish Centre, and the University of Trinidad and Tobago. I contributed to significant research on fish habitat and marine protected areas throughout the Caribbean region, the Western Pacific, Southeast Asia and North America.
I also spent 7 years in the private sector as a fisheries and marine environmental consultant, conducting environmental impact assessments of coastal developments, developing fishery management plans, and training fisheries personnel in data collection and analysis.
In 2020, I joined the University of Portsmouth where I currently hold the position of Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Marine Sciences (School of Biological Sciences). I also serve as the Theme Lead - Aquatic Resources Management in the Centre for Blue Governance.