Gage is an environmental scientist and data analyst with a strong background in marine ecology and management. Gage is originally from North Carolina, USA, where he graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Statistics and Music. Following his undergraduate studies, Gage obtained his master’s in environmental science and management from the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Bren School.
Gage’s expertise in marine science and data analysis was honed while working with the Ocean Health Index team and the Halpern Lab, where he applied data science to communicate the range of benefits people can sustainably derive from healthy oceans and food production systems, including nutritious food and food security, jobs and livelihoods, recreational opportunities, and cultural value. However, Gage is acutely aware that human activities can have negative impacts on marine biodiversity and the ecosystem, threatening the very benefits we depend on.
Today, Gage is focused on using his skills in marine ecology and data science to quantify the impacts of aquaculture-related stressors on marine and terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem function. His goal is to promote effective and equitable conservation management strategies that will simultaneously benefit developing communities and the environment.