I am Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development, and Director of the Public Political Ecology Lab at the University of Arizona. My research investigates the political ecology of environmental markets, particularly carbon markets,and their implications for the lives and livelihoods of forest communities in the Global South. Specifically, I explore the intersection of carbon markets, development, and agrarian change as they relate to forestry-based carbon initiatives in Mexico.
As a Masters student researcher, I work with the Climate Alliance Mapping Project to create an interactive map of fossil fuel reserves, Indigenous lands, and biodiversity hotspots as a platform for storytelling and organizing across frontlines of fossil fuel extraction. With an interest in the political ecology of energy, economic geography, Indigenous sovereignty and anti-racist, just alternatives to the fossil fuel economy, my master’s research is based on a collaboration with Black Mesa Water Coalition, a leading member of the Climate Justice Alliance which advances the grassroots movement for a just transition to renewable energy. My research supports Black Mesa Water Coalition’s work to build solar capacity on the Navajo Nation and explores the political economy of renewable energy development in the context of climate policy and finance.
I am a MA candidate in Geography interested in the political ecology of food and climate justice and the degree to which they can articulate alternatives to neoliberal capitalism. As a graduate research assistant I work on media and website maintenance for the Lab, and specifically on developing the website home for the Climate Alliance Mapping Project. I also work with the UA Community and School Garden Project and have an emerging interest in participatory action research through new media.
My research interests lie at the cross section of ecology and human geography, particularly the complex social, political, and economic factors that play into landscape conservation and the impact of environmental protection on human societies.
As an MA student, my research interests largely transect subfields of political ecology and critical development studies. I am specifically interested in the different ways that state and non-state actors implicitly and explicitly influence how people eat, grow, and experience food; and the multifarious forms of everyday contestation that emerge in response. I ask how these diverse practices are translated into both environmental and food security outcomes. My region of study is South Asia, specifically North India.
My research interests are situated at the intersection of political geography, political ecology, cultural ecology, and legal anthropology. Within this context I am interested in exploring the tensions that exist between neoliberal practices as applied to nature and local environmental knowledge. My current research interrogates the relation between water governance, state formation, and indigeneity in the Northern Atacama Desert, Chile.
I am a Ph.D. student and a Graduate Teaching Associate in the School of Geography and Development. Previously, I worked for two years as a Graduate Research Associate at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. I am interested in the politics of water allocation and reallocation in arid and semi-arid environments. Specifically, my dissertation research focuses on the impacts of climate change, economic policy, geopolitics, and drought on water use and land use decisions in riparian communities in the US/Mexico borderlands. I seek to improve ties between academic research and activist efforts to improve social andenvironmental justice in water-dependent communities. My research draws from theoretical, conceptual, and methodological insights from political ecology, political geography, remote sensing and spatial analysis, and climate change science.
My dissertation research interests lie in differential access to food, water, and energy in the U.S. Southwest. I question how access might become limited as the regional climate changes and as people, animals, and ecosystems are impacted by climatic extremes. I am interested in how social justice approaches might help improve access to these material goods. I also work for Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), an applied research program that helps connect people to relevant climate information in the U.S. Southwest and Northwest Mexico.
I finished my masters thesis in December 2013, which was titled: “The Codependence of Land Tenure and Sanitation Access in Nogales, Sonora.” For my PhD research, I am investigating water governance in Chile, with a focus on water conflicts. I draw from political ecology, environmental anthropology, and legal and political geography to explore perceptions, actions, and socio-natural dynamics in the process of Chilean water governance.
I am a MA student exploring the processes and outcomes of migrant debt, loan default, and land dispossession in Central America stemming the political economy of migrant finance and US border securitization and deportation policy. My research draws primarily from agrarian and critical migration studies. Other interests include illicit economies for natural resources, extractive industries, and land grabs in Latin America.
As a Master’s candidate in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, I am excited about collaborative, critical and creative geographic research projects. My own research currently focuses on resource access and the lived experiences of human migration in post-Soviet spaces, specifically in the Republic of Georgia. I am also interested in the methodological possibilities of digital image and video, and look forward to continuing work with the PPEL group to combine these interests in productive, academically rigorous ways.
Informed by health geography, political ecology, and physical geography, my research explores the environmental and social dimensions health and illness, predominantly of vector-borne infectious diseases. Using northern Australia as a case study, my dissertation addresses questions of dengue fever emergence within the context of climate change, public health response, and resident involvement in mosquito control efforts.
My master’s thesis focuses on emerging alternative food networks in Chiapas, Mexico. Academically, my interests include the political ecology of food and agriculture in Mexico and the borderlands, agrarian issues, climate change mitigation and climate justice.