My research focuses on the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts, particularly concerning the extractive industries and how ecological factors can promote peace. I have degrees in the natural sciences (B.Sc. in Chemistry from Tufts and M.E.S from Yale) and a doctorate from MIT in environmental planning. My most recent book co-authored with Lawrence Susskind is titled "Environmental Diplomacy: Negotiating More Effective Global Agreements" (Oxford University Press, 2014). Earlier books include "Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future" (Yale University Press, 2010) and "Mining, the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts" (University of Arizona Press, 2009).
Member of Global Future Council on Advanced Materials; Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2011); National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2010)