I am a faculty member in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. Here, I teach, conduct research on the evolution and conservation of aquatic tropical biodiversity, and direct our MA in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology program.
Undergraduate student, Karen J. Bao, and I have published Karen’s undergraduate honor’s thesis on shifting baselines, giant clams, and invertebrate fisheries in Fiji. When she’s not publishing science fiction novels, Karen was able to interview three generations of Fijian community members to look at how what perceptions of “natural” have changed over time
This October I will be participating in an Ecological Society of America and Society of Conservation Biology sponsored workshop in DC to Next Generation Careers – Innovation in Environmental Biology Education which will bring together academics from a variety of institutions to “support workforce development for college graduate career progression into environmental biology, including fields such as ecology, evolution, conservation, plant biology and natural resource management.”
Well the Summer field work is over. We had a good time, and gathered valuable data which I’m excited to work up. Our #FieldworkFaceoff was also featured in Atlas Obscura. I can’t help but share one of the beautiful photos!
Our paper using population genetics to quantify reef connectivity in Fiji, lead by former MA student Erin Eastwood, and Senior Honor’s Student Elora López is out in Scientific Reports