I am currently a Senior Research Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, at James Cook University. My research focuses on solutions to resource management problems involving the design of conservation areas and the application of management actions both within and outside protected areas.
Systematic conservation planning provides a rigorous approach to decision-making that synthesises advances in ecology, economics, and the social sciences. My goal is to translate core and emerging scientific concepts in these areas into tangible management strategies that minimise the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, while also maximising benefits to resource users.
Most of my research is undertaken on coral reef ecosystems in tropical developing countries. My research questions are defined through collaboration with scientists, conservation practitioners and resource management stakeholders - from fishermen to policy makers at the highest level. I have developed conservation strategies in the Philippines, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau and have been actively involved with the marine protected areas working group of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security.
Prior to my current position, I worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Fiji, and I continue to collaborate closely with conservation NGOs, including WCS and The Nature Conservancy. I currently supervise PhD students at James Cook University, and am a board member for the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Section.