I am an associate professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) (faculty page). I identify most strongly as an applied human-environment geographer, and am driven by research questions that actively address environmental conservation and human well-being challenges in the local contexts where I work, but also build broader lessons for informing changes to environmental policy and management.
My scholarly interests rest, at a most fundamental level, on the intersections between rural livelihoods, land use dynamics, governance, and conservation strategies. To date, the majority of my research has situated itself in Latin America, with an added layer of focus on forests. I collaborate actively with economists, geographers, conservation biologists, as well as conservation and development practitioners. The common thread in this interdisciplinary effort is a commitment to developing research that not only contributes to academic discourse, but also is relevant and practical, informing a specific policy or management dialogue.