My scientific approach is embedded in applied framework, orienting research such that it will be relevant for real-world management questions. For example, we have explored many implications of wetland fragmentation (here and here for instance), and sought to reverse these changes with tidal creek restoration projects. We are active in studying the invasive lionfish, and exploring the implications of native invaders such as the upside-down jellyfish. Much of our research is relevant for assessing effects of overfishing, and thus developing fishery management strategies. Our research feeds in to the design and development of marine protected areas.
One of my goals is to increase the transparency of scientific research. For example, in The Bahamas, there are dozens of outstanding research programs, yet all too often the science information is not conveyed to the general public. The website Abaco Scientist was designed to fill this void.
I collaborate with many partners to translate our research directly to conservation planning, including Friends of the Environment, The Bahamas Reef Environmental Education Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and The Bahamas National Trust.