Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2019-2020
Ph.D. Student, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Research Summary: My research informs the sustainable and equitable management of natural resources by focusing on capacity building tools for community based natural resource management. My PhD research looks at how efforts intended to empower locals and build capacity for sustainable natural resource management are impacted by misalignments of priorities at different scales. I investigate how the underlying western, scientific conceptualization and implementation of participatory monitoring may constrain the applicability and sustainability of efforts to support local priorities, such as food security and democratization. My dissertation focuses on marine protected areas co-managed by semi-literate fishermen in the Central Visayas, Philippines.