I lead cutting-edge research to better our understanding of coral reef socio-ecological systems and work to better our understanding about how humans use and live on tropical coasts, and their influence on environmental processes and related feedbacks. Further research involves interactions between fishing, management and fish behaviour; monitoring reef recovery; and how changing health of coral reefs may influence their ability to protect shorelines. I also work on risk-taking behaviour in fishes, using the zebrafish Danio rerio as a model system to investigate how fishing may result in intergenerational selection of fish behaviour. I work closely with colleagues in the social sciences on interdisciplinary research and have worked on coral reef resource management and conservation in Kenya, Fiji, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Vanuatu.
I completed my PhD in Coral Reef Science from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia studying how traditional management interacts with fish behaviour and conservation. Prior to this, I worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Papua New Guinea and Fiji, working to put in place marine conservation plans and train Papua New Guinean university graduates in coral reef survey techniques and conservation. I obtained both my MSc in Tropical Coastal Management and my BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology from Newcastle University, UK.
Previous post-doctoral positions have included a Sêr Cymru ERDF Fellowship which brought me to Swansea University; an Institut de recherche pour le développement post-graduate fellowship at MARBEC; and as an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter working on the ESPA Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services project.