My research focuses on understanding how better data can lead to improved food systems and livelihoods in aquatic systems. I develop and test digital reporting systems and automatic analytics to obtain reliable near-real time data for adaptive management and empowerment of small-scale fishers in the blue economy. The emerging aspect of my work is leveraging the power of big data and artificial intelligence to reveal patterns and anomalies in the contribution of small-scale fisheries to livelihoods.
I obtained my PhD in Marine Biology from Bangor University in 2012 with research focused on fish movement and trophic ecology. I have been engaged in small-scale fisheries and marine research since 2006 in Mozambique, Belize, Turks & Caicos Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Myanmar, Cambodia and Timor-Leste. I joined WorldFish in early 2016 following a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship with the Smithsonian Institution.