Being an analytical person by nature, my research is guided by the idea that the careful application of quantitative models and thoughtful data visualizations are fundamental to furthering our understanding of complex natural systems. My research uses macroecological and cross-system comparative approaches to better understand the dynamics of marine ecosystems. I am particularly interested in the spatial and temporal dynamics of marine and anadromous fish populations and how perturbations to marine ecosystems (e.g., climate variability, fishing, etc.) alter these dynamics.
My Ph.D. thesis at Simon Fraser University examined environmental forcing pathways linking climatic and ocean processes to dynamics of Pacific salmon populations in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. In this work, I used a range of quantitative modeling techniques (e.g., Bayesian hierarchical models, probabilistic networks, and state-space models) to identify spatially coherent effects of environmental forcing on productivity of salmon populations throughout North America. In my M.Sc. thesis at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, I examined how environmental forcing impacts the spatial and temporal dynamics of coho salmon populations throughout Southeast Alaska.