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I am currently a Research Associate with the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences at Oregon State University working in close collaboration with the State of Washington’s Puget Sound Partnership in Tacoma, Washington. I am also a member of Dr. Kelly Biedenweg’s Human Dimensions Lab at OSU.

The majority of my work focuses on integrating the social sciences into ecosystem restoration at local (city/county) and regional (state) planning scales in the Puget Sound region of Washington State (USA).

I was recently (2021) awarded research grants from Mazamas, the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), Puget Sound Partnership, and Tallinn University’s Centre for Excellence in Intercultural Studies to help fund three new research projects.

The Mazamas research grant is helping fund a community-based participatory research project conducted in collaboration with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Portland, Oregon. This project focuses on the role of nature at fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion among Portland’s large Slavic community.

The AABS and Tallinn University research grants are helping fund a research project aimed at understanding the relationship among sense of place, maritime culture, and the Baltic Sea and seaside among coastal residents in Estonia. This project is being conducted in collaboration with Tallinn University’s Centre for Landscape and Culture.

The Puget Sound Partnership grant is helping fund a community-based participatory research project focused on inclusively engaging and gauging Puget Sound communities often excluded from environmental planning and monitoring with an emphasis on communities’ human wellbeing. This project is being conducted in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Cultural Center and Empowering People in Communities.

I also occasionally teach courses in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences at Oregon State University, including Human Dimensions of Fisheries & Wildlife (FW 439) and Environmental Decisions (FW 560). I have also been a co-instructor on a graduate student co-designed international field course to Panama (Sense of Place in Bocas del Toro, Panama, FW 599).