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 participated 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 brought 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.”