I received my PhD from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in Human Ecology. I came to Alaska to participate in the Resilience and Adaptation IGERT program and to work with excellent and motivated faculty members and students in a place that is on the forefront of climate change. My research interests are at the confluence of conservation, livelihoods and climate change. I am also interested in theories of resilience and transformation, and what they mean for the practice of science.
I received my MS from Colorado State University in the Rangeland and Forest Stewardship Department. The research I conducted in this position focused on the role of local knowledge for understanding change over time and informing land management decision making.