What is your previous work experience?
After graduating from college, I began work as a consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund’s Fishery Solutions Center. During that time, I researched and wrote detailed case studies about specific management processes in small-scale fisheries in Vietnam, Samoa, and the Philippines. After finishing my contract, I moved on to work as a program assistant at American Rivers. There, I was able to learn in-depth about non-profit management, assist in developing metrics for wide-ranging conservation work, and explore the domestic policy arena. Most recently, I returned to EDF as a design and capacity development consultant. I focused on planning out and constructing training materials for fisheries management workshops held in priority countries such as China, French Polynesia, or the Philippines. In addition, I contributed to major report writing efforts on the application of new technologies in small-scale fisheries management and on transboundary stock management issues.
Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
While there are numerous obvious benefits of the Nicholas School’s program, it was at the admitted students visit weekend where I chose this program. After an intensive weekend of information sessions, panels, and workshops, I sat at lunch for close to two hours with three other prospective students and a professor not reviewing the program, but discussing current marine issues, Durham, diving destinations, and anything else. The intimacy and curiosity of that lunch determined for me that the Nicholas School is not just a strong program, but promises a truly rewarding experience.
Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I intend to continue my focus on small-scale fisheries design and management, but move beyond a policy expertise. I believe holistic knowledge is a prerequisite for environmental leadership and I’m excited to improve my scientific background, develop new technical skills like GIS, and build a stronger economic expertise.
What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I’m looking forward to meeting the other students and being part of a new community. To me, the strength of the Nicholas School’s network is not just a testament to alumni passion about the program, but the strength of the connections formed while at school. I’m eager to join a bright, diverse group of peers that share my interests and can challenge me.
What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
We are constantly learning and reevaluating approaches to fisheries management, especially in small-scale contexts. I want to continue to be a part of that learning process and information-sharing process, but I would like to pursue leadership opportunities where I can have a greater voice in guiding and directing that process.
Ocean Resource Management; Marine Policy; Community-Based Management