I'm a PhD student in the Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy (ESSP) program with Sociology as my focal department. I earned a BS in Marine Biology/Zoology with a minor in Women's Studies from Humboldt State University where I also had a pre-vet focus. In 2008, I completed an MS in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University with a thesis titled: Behavioral development of dusky dolphins. I came to the UO in 2010 for their interdisciplinary PhD program (ESSP) which allowed me to combine multiple fields of interest. I completed a Master's Paper in sociology titled: The struggle of a small community for ethnic renewal in the face of coloniality: the whale hunters of Neah Bay in 2012. In 2013 I completed a Graduate Certificate in Marine Resource Management through OSU and passed my Comprehensive Exams in ENVS/SOC on Social Movements with a focus on Indigenous Resistance to Capitalism. For my dissertation, I am conducting a comparative analysis of the perceptions and experiences of Mekong (Cambodia) and Ayeyarwady River (Myanmar/Burma) communities with Irrawaddy dolphin conservation projects.
Environmental Sociology, Environmental Justice, Social Movements, Globalization and Development, International and Indigenous Issues, Marine Biology, Marine Resource Management, Human Dimensions in Marine Conservation, Wildlife Policy and Law