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I am currently a Research Associate with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife 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 social science into ecosystem restoration at local (city/county) and regional (state) planning scales in the Puget Sound region of Washington State (USA). This work includes numerous projects, both research and programmatic. These projects include close collaboration and knowledge co-production with a diverse range of partners and communities.

I was recently (2021) awarded research grants from Mazamas and the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) to help fund two new research projects.

The Mazamas research grant will help fund a community-based research project conducted in collaboration with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Portland, Oregon. This grant will focus on nature-based integration (NBI) / place-based integration (PBI) among Portland’s large Slavic community. This grant will build upon my previous work on immigrant community inclusion, notably among Russian speakers in Estonia, and my extensive work as a citizenship teacher and tutor. This project will bridge my previous research on immigrant inclusion, citizenship, and place and my current research focused on sense of place and human-environment interactions.

The AABS research grant will help fund a research project aimed at understanding the relationship between sense of place and the Baltic Sea and seaside among coastal residents in Estonia. This project will bridge my previous Estonian research, notably in the coastal counties of Harjumaa and Ida-Virumaa, and my current research focused on sense of place and coastal landscapes and environments in the transboundary Salish Sea region.

I also occasionally teach courses in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife 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).