Interests and expertise
In my doctoral research, I am interested in exploring the role of nature-based solutions in promoting social-ecological resilience to climate change. In particular, I look at how NbS in forest ecosystems influence key social-ecological attributes needed to ensure forests and the communities that depend on them can respond to and navigate change. Moreover, I will look at how forest NbS that promote resilience attributes affect various community values under different future scenarios of global change. I focus on a set of case studies in different regions in Canada to investigate these questions through a participatory research approach that combines different types of knowledge. In addition to my PhD research, I support various ongoing projects at NbSI and broadly aim to contribute to research and communication on how NbS can re-establish and promote inclusive and reciprocal human-nature relationships.
I studied Biology and Environmental Science as an undergraduate at McGill University in Canada and completed a Masters specialized in tropical biodiversity at the Free University of Brussels. Prior to joining NbSI, I worked on several research projects investigating a range of ecological phenomena in both temperate and tropical environments. I joined NbSI in 2018 as a researcher and worked on two main projects: (1) mapping the effectiveness of NbS for climate change adaptation and (2) exploring the role of NbS in delivering local development outcomes. In 2020 I started a PhD at Université Du Québec à Montréal in Canada in partnership with NbSI.
Addressing climate vulnerability with nature-based solutions in Bangladesh
Bangladesh, like many lower income countries, is exceptionally vulnerable to increased climate risks, exacerbated by environmental degradation and socio-economic challenges including the COVID-19 pand[...] Read more
Can nature-based solutions deliver a win-win for biodiversity and climate change adaptation?
The potential of NbS to tackle both the climate and biodiversity crises depends on whether they enhance the health of an ecosystem, including its biodiversity, the condition of its soil and water, and[...] Read more
Exploring the role of nature-based solutions for social-ecological resilience
This project developed a two-part conceptual framework linking social-ecological resilience to adaptation outcomes in NbS. Part one determines the potential of NbS to support resilience based on asses[...] Read more
Role of nature-based solutions for development
This project collated and synthesized evidence on the development outcomes of investments in nature (protection, restoration, management, creation of ecosystem, and nature-based food production). This[...] Read more
Reducing people’s vulnerability to climate change in the rural Global South using Nature-based Solutions
Although evidence for the effectiveness of NbS for adaptation is growing, there is scant information on whether and how NbS reduce vulnerability to climate change in the Global South, despite this reg[...] Read more
Mapping the effectiveness of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation
This systematic evidence mapping exercise consolidated the large dispersed evidence-base on the effectiveness of NbS for addressing climatic impacts. The collated evidence-base underpins the NbS evide[...] Read more