There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land.
— Aldo Leopold, Wherefore Wildlife Ecology?
I am a postdoctoral associate with the ICON Science Lab at RMIT University. I work on a range of research projects including evaluating the social dimensions of private land conservation, prioritizing conservation behavior change and more recently examining the structural and social barriers to better offset policies.
Currently, I serve as a board member on the Society for Conservation Biology’s Social Science Working Group, where I lead the Student Affairs Committee. I am also the treasurer of the Greater Melbourne Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology.
Check out my passion project Please Keep to the Path, a website that aims to make research about human behavior more accessible to all who are interested in applying it to promote nature conservation.
Prior to my research career I worked in forest and prairie restoration projects in Minnesota and New York, and managed a protected area in West Africa, focused on primate conservation. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota College of Natural Resources and MSc from Imperial College London’s Interdisciplinary Conservation Program.
My research is supported by RMIT University, and the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program’s Threatened Species Hub.