I research the ecology of ecosystems heavily influenced (or "managed") by humans, with a public policy lens. I am driven by the challenge of improving human food supply and environmental sustainability given a finite biosphere, changing climate, and increasing global nutritional needs.
My dissertation centers on crop biodiversity and nutrient cycling in agriculture, especially in tropical climates and island food systems.
My passion for the intersection of environmental science and policy developed through my work as the legislative staff lead for State Representative David Tarnas while he chaired the Water and Land Committee at the Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives. Previously, I also supported science, education, and outreach initiatives as the Princeton in Africa Fellow at Mpala Research Centre in Laikipia, Kenya.
I graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and certificate in Environmental Studies (2017). My undergraduate thesis, published in the journal Coral Reefs, studied impacts of anthropogenically-polluted groundwater discharge on near-shore coral reefs on Bermuda. Email | LinkedIn | Twitter