PhD Student, Department of Geography
Population & Environment Trainee, Carolina Population Center
Member, Association of American Geographers (AAG) and the Latin American Specialty Group (LASG); George Wright Society; Population Association of America (PAA); American Statistical Association (ASA). Awards include Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development fellowship (2009-2010); NSF-IGERT pre-doctoral traineeship in Population and Environment at the Carolina Population Center (CPC; 2006 to 2010); Carolina Population Center Summer Research Grants (2007 and 2008); Institute for the Study of Americas Pre-dissertation Research Fellowship (2008). Other activities include remote-sensing and geospatial analysis of land use/land cover change in the Ecuadorian Amazon (2006 to present), geophysical fieldwork in Iceland (2005), volunteer work with agricultural communities in Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand (2003 to 2004), and statistical consulting for clinical trials and environmental risk mapping (2001 to 2006).
My research interests include population-environment interactions, with a focus on political ecology and interdisciplinary methods. I study relationships between conservation policy, agricultural decision-making, community development, and ecological degradation in the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador. In particular, I investigate the social and spatial relationships between invasive species introduction and increasing coastal development. The policies that are designed to govern, protect, and control people, plants, and animals in protected areas are the central focus of this project. I emphasize the use of mixed methods, including GIS, remote-sensing, surveys, and participant observation. Other work explores livelihood change, migration, and environmental modification in the Ecuadorian Amazon, emphasizing complex, dynamic systems using remote-sensing analyses and agent-based modeling.