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About
I first acquired an interest in the marine environment while growing up in the lobster fishing town of Winter Harbor, Maine, but an observer assignment aboard a Japanese mothership and Luce Foundation fellowship took me to Japan and China where I have been based for the last 25 years. I received my doctorate in quantitative fisheries science from Imperial College London in 2003 for my studies of the shark fin trade. My research focus, which also includes stock assessment, estimation of illegal fishing, traceability and fisheries governance is driven by a belief that Asia, as the home of the world's most powerful fishing fleets and the largest and fastest-growing seafood markets, exerts a tremendous, but often overlooked and widely misunderstood, influence on the world's oceans. My aim is to contribute to a better understanding and dialogue on sustainable utilization of fisheries resources both in Asia and globally.

Since June 2014, I have been on full-time assignment to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission under funding provided by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Common Oceans Tuna Project. As the project’s Technical Coordinator-Sharks and Bycatch, I am responsible for a multi-million dollar, five-year programme of initiatives and assessments working not only in the Pacific, but around the globe, through the world’s five tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations. Tasked with improving shark data, assessing shark population status, and identifying effective mitigation measures for sharks and sea turtles, I work with both national scientists and policy-makers to advance science-based management for the world’s tuna fisheries. In this role I will be based in the Federated States of Micronesia through December 2018.