I am currently the Conservation Social Scientist at the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife. I also have a Courtesy Faculty appointment with the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences at Oregon State University.
I recently was a Research Associate and Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences at Oregon State University (2017-2022).
Much of my current work focuses on integrating the social sciences into fish, wildlife, and natural resource management in Washington State (USA).
I was awarded research grants (2021) 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 research projects.
The Mazamas research grant helped fund a community-based participatory research project conducted in collaboration with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Portland, Oregon. This project focused 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 helped 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 was 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. This project is still in process and will be completed in 2023.