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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles

Holly Jean Buck is a NatureNet Science Fellow at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She’s interested in how communities can be involved in the design of emerging environmental technologies. She works at the interface of environmental sociology, international development, and science and technology studies. Her diverse research interests include agroecology and carbon farming, new energy technologies, artificial intelligence, and the restoration of California’s Salton Sea.

She has written on several aspects of climate engineering, including humanitarian and development approaches to geoengineering, gender considerations, and human rights issues. Currently, she is focused on how policy for large-scale carbon removal can better address the social implications. She is the author of After Geoengineering, a look at best and worst-case futures under climate engineering, forthcoming with Verso Books.

Prior to her academic life, she has worked as a foreign affairs analyst, a geospatial technician for a remote sensing company, and a creative writing teacher. She holds a doctorate in Development Sociology from Cornell University and a MSc in Human Ecology from Lund University, Sweden.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles


  • 2017 
    Cornell University, PhD, Development Sociology