Jodi joined the Human-Environment Systems Research Center at Boise State University in 2015. The goal of her research is to better understand how human societies and healthy ecosystems can thrive, on a rapidly changing planet. She focuses on quantifying human-environment interactions and whether they create sustainable environmental trajectories. She works with a wide range of people, including economists, ecologists and anthropologists, farmers, hunters and tribal communities. She has worked in several of the most special places on earth, including the High Himalaya, tropical forests in the Congo, the Bolivian Andes, and the shorelines of Lake Superior.
Dr. Brandt received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a MS from the University of Maryland, and a BS from Yale University. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and a Fulbright scholar in Bolivia. One of her publications includes a collaborative work entitled “A Handbook to the Birds of Shangrila”, which is a tri-lingual ecological and cultural guide to the birds within her doctoral focus. Three thousand copies were printed and sold out within a matter of months.