Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
I’m interested in the social and environmental conditions that drive individuals to engage in community-based conservation efforts. I use theories and methods from the fields of cultural evolution, land system science, and the general study of complex systems. My current research projects are primarily located in Pemba, Tanzania. My collaborators and I are quantifying past conservation interventions’ effects on communities, the environment, and the future of conservation on the island. I perform this research through a research residency at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology – Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture.
I have a strong interest in science communication and producing actionable scientific insights. To achieve this, I work closely with a number of stakeholders including the World Wildlife Fund, the Zanzibar Department of Forests, and Community Forests International. I aim to produce interactive visualizations, applications, web dashboards, or other public facing science communication tools with all of the research I do. These contribute to my larger dedication to open science and scientific reproducibility.