Brennan is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and is a recent newcomer to Newfoundland. An interdisciplinary researcher, Brennan is working in the Environmental Policy Institute, the Department of Geography, and the Department of Economics at Memorial University. His research intends to investigate the role of participatory monitoring processes in catalyzing collaborative governance for sustainable development in rural and natural resource-dependent regions. Building on community-based research in the Clarenville-Bonavista Rural Secretariat Region, his research aims to explore how people in rural regions can collaborate for sustainable outcomes in their communities using sustainability indicators and similar approaches in regional planning and decision-making. This work also hopes to explore possibilities for other regions in rural NL to engage with and/or learn from this initiative, with potential linkages to Fogo Island. Brennan is working with Kelly Vodden, as well as Ratana Chuenpagdee in Geography and Doug May in Economics.