I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph, where I hold the Latornell Professorship in Environmental Stewardship. I grew up outside of Montreal spending my summers sailing and camping and winters cross country skiing. I now have three children who all enjoy being outdoors and connecting with the natural world around them. I live in Cambridge, Ontario.
My research program uses social ecological systems thinking to propose innovative approaches to community and regional planning and development. In particular, I am interested in the diverse knowledge systems and paradigms, and approaches (citizen science, community-based monitoring (CBM), environmental guardians, etc.) that support environmental decision-making. Much of my research is co-developed with Indigenous and northern agencies and governments in Canada and focuses upon the governance of wildlife and plants of cultural and economic significance. My research emphasizes the critical role of effective partnerships in achieving beneficial outcomes from research.
Current active research activities includes a SSHRC-funded project exploring the role of environmental researchers in Inuit youth land-based learning through collaborative science literacy activities (2017-2019). This work is conducted in partnership with and partially funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Nunavut Research Institute. I am also currently working with the Government of Alberta, several First Nations leaders and land managers, as well as a multidisciplinary team of collaborators in establishing community-based fish monitoring initiatives (2017-2019). The co-design of these CBM programs is currently underway in three regions impacted by oil developments in Northern Alberta.