My research generally concerns the role of the private sector in delivering outcomes supportive of a net-zero, nature positive global economy. The objective of my DPhil is to assess the extent to which African anti-poaching programs supported by commercial interests and NGOs enhance the impact of national and sub-national law enforcement authorities. To achieve this, I am conducting a fine scale survey of anti-poaching programs across Africa, mapping them, and examining the geospatial relationship of their capabilities and activities with a variety of socio-economic factors. In doing so I am building an evidence base that businesses, non-governmental organizations, donors, and governments can use to better target resources while also increasing understanding of the contours and gradients of militarized conservation.
My undergraduate degree was earned in Philosophy/Political Thought at Muhlenberg College in the United States. My experience includes serving as a research fellow at the African Wildlife Economy Institute at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and at the Property and Environment Research Center in the US. I am also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Game Rangers Association of Africa. In the past I was part of the executive team for a boutique NGO providing training, advisory, and assistance services to African rangers and game scouts. I was also a lobbyist for one of the largest conservation organizations in the US where I worked with government partners to reduce climate, nature-based, and regulatory risks to federal land holdings. I began my career at a global management consulting firm working with their environmental practice.