My interest in livelihoods was sparked while working on a coral reef conservation project in a small coastal community in the Philippines. This experience reinforced to me that involving local people and considering their needs is key if marine conservation efforts are to be effective. I have since become interested in working with people to better understand, conserve and manage fisheries for mutual benefit. Recently I completed an MSc at James Cook University in Australia, where I pursued my interest in the human dimension of conservation through coursework and interviews with commercial and recreational fishers. I am currently a Research Assistant with the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture, where I am contributing to a project investigating the benefits of using marine protected areas for shark and ray conservation. My research interests (which are still being refined) lie broadly in understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of marine social-ecological systems through the application of network theory. In particular, I am interested in how an understanding of the interactions within and between social and ecological networks can be used to increase sustainability, reduce vulnerability, and improve livelihood outcomes within small-scale fisheries.