I am a fourth year PhD student in the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management program at the University of Washington. My research focuses on applying spatiotemporal statistical models to questions in fisheries management and ecology. In particular, I am developing models for indices of abundance that include fishery-dependent observations. I am also interested in improving the computational efficiency and reliability of Bayesian model fits through the application of advanced Markov chain Monte Carlo tools like the No-U-Turn Sampler. Prior to graduate school I worked in aviation maintenance and the outdoor industry.

  • Spatiotemporal statistics
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Fisheries management
  • PhD in Quantitative Ecology & Resource Management, In progress

    University of Washington

  • MS in Statistics, 2016

    University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • BS in Biology & Physics, 2008

    Clarkson University


Combining fishery-dependent and -independent CPUE data

Spatially varying catchability for fishery-dependent CPUE standardization.

Preferential sampling in fishery-dependent catch and effort data

Accounting for preferential sampling in spatial models of catch and effort data

Nonstationary spatial processes for fisheries

Nonstationary spatial processes for fisheries

Incorporating nonstationary spatial processes by allowing for spatially varying covariance parameters.

Best practices for fitting non-linear Bayesian state-space models

Eliminating HMC divergences when fitting Bayesian state-space models for fish populations.

Bayesian models for assessment of Southern Humpback whales

Bayesian models for assessment of Southern Humpback whales

This project is a collaboration between Alex Zerbini, Grant Adams, and myself. We are working to update Zerbini et al. (2006). Additional data are being incorporated to make a more accurate assessment of the population. The software used to fit the model has been almost completely rewritten in order to increase both efficiency and flexibility.


University of Washington School of Professional & Continuing Education

Course Assistant, 2016–present

Certificate in Statistical Analysis with R Programming