I grew up in Ottawa, Ontario where I spent my childhood chasing after the water, eating seafood whenever I had the chance, and longing for the ocean. I finally followed my passion and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2010 to pursue my B.Sc in Marine Biology and Oceanography at Dalhousie University.
I quickly fell in love with the coastal lifestyle, food, and people, and promptly made it my aspiration to ensure that future generations would be able to experience the same kind of love, lifestyle and passion for the ocean that I had known.
To reach my goal, I completed my Masters of Marine Management at Dalhousie University. This program taught me about the unique challenges facing the complex management of ocean resources. During this program, I began to specialize in seafood production systems, including fisheries and aquaculture.
Since 2017, I have been conducting interdisciplinary PhD research at Dalhousie University. My research looks at the ways we manage our seafood resources for sustainability. In particular, I am looking at the ways we make decisions about how and where to grow fish like salmon in Atlantic Canada.
My research interests work at the intersection of science and policy, looking at the issues and potential solutions to managing coastal aquaculture for holistic ecosystem-based decision-making. In particular, I am interested in the ways we can incorporate ideas like ecosystem services, social-ecological systems, comprehensive carrying capacity, and community engagement into resource management and marine spatial planning. My research thus looks at the frameworks that link the environment with social systems for more environmentally responsible, socially acceptable and profitable salmon aquaculture in Canada.