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.
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 will focus on the political ecology of 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.’
Gregorio (Gregg) has a BS in anthropology from Baylor University. His graduate training is funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He is currently conducting his dissertation research with funding from a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, his topic is entitled Uneven Development and Environmental Subjectivities in the Eagle Ford Shale, South Texas.
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. He is currently writing up his National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant funded research entitled The Political Ecology of Post-logging Livelihoods and Landscapes on New Hanover Island, Papua New Guinea.