My students work on a range of issues centering on the interface of humans and their environments. Prospective students interested in joining my research team (at the MA or Ph.D. level) are encouraged to contact me regarding their research interests and prior training. I am open to any geographical area of interest in guiding graduate education, but remain committed to training students who are interested in human-environmental topics.
Tom has a BS in anthropology and geography with minors in natural resource biology and industrial technology from Central Michigan University, an MA focusing on environmental anthropology from the University of Texas San Antonio, and a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Science. His graduate training is funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. His dissertation research topic is Fire, Community, and Ecological Change: A Diachronic Analysis of Anthropogenic Fire Disturbances, Risk, and Cultural Impacts in Southeastern Bolivia. Tom can be reached at thomas1hanson at gmail.com
Chilton has an MA in Latin American and Border Studies from UT El Paso where his research focused on water security along the Rio Grande on the Texas – Mexico border. His project examined household water insecurity and perceptions of decentralized water infrastructure in low-income communities called colonias. His PhD research will examine water values and conflicts at four locations along the Rio Grande in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. Chilton can be reached at Chilton.Tippin at colorado.edu
Jacob is working on his MA. His research examines the intersection of political identity through beekeeping in Malta.
Brian completed his MA in 2021. He has a BA in architectural studies and a minor in environmental studies. He served in the Peace Corps, Mali, West Africa under the sector of Natural Resource Management. Previous career in architectural design includes: design/build internship at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems; service in the AmeriCorps in East Biloxi as part of the rebuilding effort post-hurricane Katrina as a member of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio; 3 years in residential design utilizing energy efficient building assemblies. His MA research focused on how social capital is deployed in inter-organizational collaboration of environmental clean-ups at Superfund sites in two Colorado mining communities. Brian can be reached at brian.crawford at colorado.edu
Olivia completed her MA in 2021. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati. Her undergrad research studied militarization and its cultural and environmental impacts on Guam. Her MA research explored theories of indigenous political ecology and attunement. Olivia can be reached at Olivia.Cunningham at colorado.edu
Emily completed her PhD in 2021. Her research examined the intersection of Indigenous rights and hydropower development within the context of climate governance. She conducted ethnographic research in Costa Rica (where policy is enacted) and at international climate and hydropower meetings (where policy is orchestrated). Her dissertation research was funded by the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant and the International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. Read about Emily’s current work at emilybentonhite.net.
Gregorio completed his PhD in 2021. His dissertation research examined the history of race, politics, and the environment in South Texas’s Eagle Ford Shale. His dissertation is entitled, Promises of Prosperity: Race, History, and Fracking in South Texas’s Brush Country. Gregorio can be reached at Gregorio.Ortiz at colorado.edu
Hannah received her MA in 2020. She received her BS in anthropology from Western Illinois University. Her Master’s research focused on seed saving among high-altitude gardeners in Colorado. Her thesis is entitled Colorado Seed Savers: Resistance and Resilience in the Face of Global Commodification. Hannah is a co-founder of the Salida Seed Library. Hannah can be reached at hannah.vaneendenburg at colorado.edu