Current Position: 

Assistant Professor (LTA)
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA

My Research: 

I have worked on natural resource management issues for abut 15 years. I obtained my Ph.D. in Geography & Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. While my research has focused primarily on climate change (understanding impacts and adaptation pathways), I also have strong interests in linking human health and well-being to policy and practice related to conservation.

I have been fortunate to work with many great individuals in academia and government on several sustainability issues over the years. I decided early on in my career that instead of focusing merely on knowledge transfer, I would adopt a “co-production” of knowledge approach through collaborative learning between “experts” and “users”. I strive to achieve this through knowledge interfacing and sharing.

My research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the US Geological Survey, the US National Park Service, Natural Resources Canada, the Canada-US Fulbright Program, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Ontario Parks, and the Government of Alberta — Tourism, Parks and Recreation.

In more detail, my current research program focuses generally on:

  1. science and the management of protected areas
    • climate change adaptation pathways related to conservation
    • climate futurescapes and adaptation planning
    • organizational capacity assessment
    • science-policy-implementation interfaces
    • management effectiveness
    • national/international agreements and status reporting
  2. visitor experiences in protected areas
    • climate change, nature relatedness, and collective action
    • nature contact and transformative learning (including citizen science)
    • nature contact and human health and well-being
    • integrating human health and well-being into conservation policy and practice

For more information on these research activities, please contact me directly.