Research focus

I examine how cities and farms (and the relationship between them) can better manage resources to ensure food security and water quality and a rapidly changing world. I focus on how we can better manage nutrients (phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium, and carbon) in diverse socio-ecological contexts.

I focus on how we can better manage nutrients (phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium, and carbon) in diverse socio-ecological contexts.

I use quantitative (substance flow analysis, spatial mapping, statistical analyses) and qualitative (stakeholder workshops, interviews, surveys) methods when answering research questions about

  1. how resources flow across landscapes,
  2. the effect of cross-scale socio ecological context on resource flows,
  3. how socio-ecological context creates barriers and enablers to sustainable transformations, and
  4. how the management of one resource interacts with other sustainability priorities like climate change in order to help transform urban and agricultural landscapes towards sustainability. 

Publications

See Google Scholar for published works and my personal website for updates on articles in review and in press.

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Previous Positions

2015-2017 Postdoctoral Research Associate. National Research Council, National Academies of Science with the US Environmental Protection Agency Western Ecology Division and Visiting Scholar at School of the Environment, Washington State University, Vancouver Campus, WA

2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney Australia.

Education

PhD.  – Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University
Advisor: Elena Bennett
Thesis: Urban phosphorus sustainability: how human diet, urban agriculture and socioecological context influence phosphorus cycling and management

M.Sc.  – School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Advisors: Daniel Childers and Rimjhim Aggarwal
Thesis: Phosphorus Cycling in Metropolitan Phoenix

B.Sc.  – University of California San Diego -Environmental Systems Program (Earth Science track)
Honours Thesis: Changes in life habits and environments of the Arcidae (Bivalvia, Mollusca) in response to the rise of the Isthmus of Panama (Supervised by: Jeremy B.C. Jackson and Jill Leonard-Pingel)