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
Emily has a BS in Environmental Science from Drexel University and a MS in Environmental Studies/Natural Resource Management from Florida International University. Her PhD research focuses on international climate governance by examining Costa Rica’s climate policy, specifically regarding hydroelectric energy production, in order to address how policy manifests into development mechanisms, its differential social and ecological impacts on indigenous communities, and how indigenous social movements and strategies allow communities to adapt to and resist such ‘sustainable development projects.’ She is currently conducting her dissertation research with funding from the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant program and the International Dissertation Research Fellowship’s Social Science Research Council. Emily can be reached at Emily.B.Hite at colorado.edu
Gregorio has a BS in anthropology from Baylor University. His graduate training is funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He is currently writing up his National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant funded research entitled Uneven Development and Environmental Subjectivities in the Eagle Ford Shale, South Texas. Gregorio received a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in 2019. Gregorio can be reached at Gregorio.Ortiz at colorado.edu
Hannah received her BS in anthropology from Western Illinois University. Her undergraduate thesis was titled Food Alienation: Distributors, Producers, and Consumers in Macomb, Illinois. She is currently working on her master’s thesis, focusing on high-altitude gardening practices in Colorado. This research is supported by funding from the anthropology graduate student research grant at CU Boulder. Hannah can be reached at hannah.vaneendenburg at colorado.edu
Jason has a BS in Forestry from North Carolina State University and an MA in Anthropology from the same institution. Jason’s MA project was entitled “The Rich Go Higher”: The Political Ecology of Forestry, Fire, and the Wildland Urban Interface in Northern Utah. His dissertation was funded by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant and is entitled “We Stay the Same”: Life, Logging, and the Continuing Pursuit of Development on New Hanover Island (Lavongai), Papua New Guinea. Jason can be reached at Jason.Roberts at utsa.edu