My research and teaching focus on nature-society relationships and themes in sustainability science. Drawing on perspectives from political ecology and environmental history, and bridging traditions in the social and natural sciences, I explore multiple forms of natural resource use and protection.
Case studies come from Mexico, Chile, Australia, the United States, and Ethiopia. Projects include the study of tropical deforestation in the Yucatan Peninsula, forest and rangeland degradation in southern Patagonia, the spread of invasive weeds in eastern New South Wales, the human dimensions of invasive earthworms in the Adirondack State Park, forest recovery processes in the Town of Eaton, NY, and church forest protection in northern Ethiopia. These last three studies involved collaboration with Colgate undergraduate geography students. A new project on the geography of happiness in Colombia is in its early stages.
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