When do people succeed at marine resource management…and why do they fail? This is the question driving my research on small-scale fisheries in Mexico and Costa Rica. I am a 3rd-year PhD student in the Marine Science and Conservation program at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and I study the governance of marine socio-ecological systems under the mentorship of Dr. Xavier Basurto.
My current research is focused on the relationship between information and fisheries management in artisanal fisheries in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Specifically, I have been studying the social and economic effects on small communities of having formal programs that capacitate resources users (in this case, fishers) to perform ecological surveys of their fishery. These programs, in which the fishers, themselves, are involved in the production of information about the status of their fishery, are quite new – and they are located in a system where there is a confluence of historical fishing use, new self-management regimes, protected areas, and NGO involvement. To understand the role of the production of information in these fisheries, I draw upon anthropological methods like participant observation and interviews, and seek to use a variety of quantitative analysis tools as a complement to qualitative analysis.
My research and teaching is driven by a passion for social and environmental justice, gender equality, and conservation.
B.A. Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014