As a graduate student, I have developed two main interests: quantitative spatial studies and policy analysis. I have honed skill sets in these disciplines and developed a thesis that would allow me to employ them both while working to protect local coastal waters and communities.
Water quality in Biscayne Bay is of major concern to tourism, recreation, fisheries, and other regional economic activities. My thesis focuses on water quality degradation in the Bay and potential socioeconomic impacts. As part of a full ecological blueprint analysis of the Bay (coordinated by Miami Waterkeeper and NOAA Florida Sea Grant), my task is to develop and carry out a socioeconomic valuation of fisheries and recreational water operations in the region. For my thesis, I will identify water quality degradation hot spots and describe the spatial flexibility of Bay fisheries and dive ops. Results will indicate if fisheries and dive ops. in the Bay are vulnerable to localized water quality degradation, or if these industries have enough spatial mobility to prove resilient under localized environmental pressures.
For more information, please visit the Biscayne Bay Economic & Spatial Study website.