New publication: Coral reefs in the Gilbert Islands of Kiribati after more than a decade of multiple stressors

I'm thrilled to share the first publication from my Ph.D. dissertation research, out last month in the open-access journal PLoS One (and available for download here). This paper will be the first chapter of my dissertation, and it's great to (finally) see it out in the universe! Conducting surveys of reefs in Abaiang in 2018. … Continue reading New publication: Coral reefs in the Gilbert Islands of Kiribati after more than a decade of multiple stressors

“We are not drowning, we are fighting”: Pacific Islanders want you to know that they still have hope for their islands

This blog post originally appeared on the Ocean Leaders blog, which highlights the work of Ocean Leaders fellows. Please consider giving them a follow on social media at @oceanleaders on Twitter or OceanLeadersUBC on Facebook! This past weekend, I was on a discussion panel for the documentary film Anote’s Ark, which follows the former present of … Continue reading “We are not drowning, we are fighting”: Pacific Islanders want you to know that they still have hope for their islands

Corals are smelly and other anecdotes from the field

There are so many things to love about fieldwork. As scientists, it's an opportunity to finally get our hands dirty (so to speak) and interact with the systems we're studying. It's also invaluable to get to know the communities and people who live in the places we work (scientists commonly treat people as separate from … Continue reading Corals are smelly and other anecdotes from the field

Counting down to fieldwork in the Gilbert Islands

In just over a month, I'll be boarding a plane and heading to Tarawa, an atoll in the Gilbert Islands of Kiribati. I'll be staying in Tarawa and the nearby Abaiang Atoll for about a month to conduct the first stage of my Ph.D. fieldwork. It's been a long, dark, rainy winter in Vancouver and … Continue reading Counting down to fieldwork in the Gilbert Islands