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.
We are back from our summer trip to Fiji. This year we were looking at the various ways we can quantify the ecosystem services offered by healthy reefs. Our first project was looking at how anthropogenic impact along coastal sites impacts the resiliency of both men’s and women’s fishing. We did this by using a combination of methodologies from ethnographic research to stable isotope measures and we’re looking forward to seeing how the analyses develop. The second project was in conjunction with WWF’s Global Shark and Ray Initiative and Barefoot Manta Island resort where we were looking at tourists willingness to pay for various conservation schemes for a community MPA.
This April I will be joined a Union of Concerned Scientists delegation traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet with congressional staffers to reiterate the importance of climate change research and the need to continue to support funding that research.