PhD 2000 McGill University
Graduate Faculty Memberships
Botany; Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (EECB)
• Climate change, biodiversity conservation and resilience in coupled human-natural systems
• Local and indigenous resource management and biodiversity conservation, especially harvest of non-timber forest products (NTFP) & traditional agroforestry systems and their effects on plant population dynamics, plant communities and plant-animal interactions
• Plant demography and conservation: population modeling to identify drivers of population decline
• Population ecology and conservation of Native Hawaiian plants
As a conservation biologist and ethnoecologist, my research centers on the links among local resource use, biodiversity conservation and resilience. Ninety percent of the world’s tropical forests lie outside of protected areas and most protected areas are used in some way by the people who live in and around them. My research questions revolve around two, interrelated themes: How can we balance human use and conservation? How can we maintain or increase the resilience of coupled natural –human systems to global environmental change? My students and I use a combination of approaches, integrating plant ecological monitoring and field experiments, population modeling, interviews with resource users, and participatory research. We collaborate with social and natural scientists, conservation and cultural practitioners and local community members.