I am a postdoctoral researcher and Bullitt Environmental Fellow at Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada. My postdoctoral research focuses on reconstructing the sponge fishery of The Bahamas over the past 180 years. I am also an Associate Editor for NeoBiota, a peer-reviewed, open access, online journal where I focus on marine invasions.
I obtained a Hons. B.Sc. with High Distinction from the University of Toronto in 2006, where I double majored in English and Zoology. In 2010, I received a M.Sc. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia while in 2020 I obtained a Ph.D. in Biology from Simon Fraser University.
I have 10 years of experience researching various aspects of biological invasions, coral reef ecology, and data-limited fisheries. I have published several studies on the Indo-Pacific lionfish invasion of the Caribbean and on unreported fisheries catches, particularly in the tropics. I have received numerous awards, including the Bullitt Environmental Prize, a graduate scholarship from the Organization of American States, and a professional development scholarship from the Society for Conservation Biology, Latin America and Caribbean Section. I headed two Global Environment Facility/United Nations Environment Programme (GEF/UNEP) funded projects on invasive species. My first project involved creating a series of pilot experiments to control invasive, Indo-Pacific lionfish in coastal waters of The Bahamas. My current project involves conducting a risk assessment of potential marine invasive species for Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.