My research focuses on Indigenous and local knowledge related to mountainous protected, conserved, and secured areas. I also study how households embedded in coupled human and natural systems recover from natural disasters. In all my projects, I strive to apply research findings to projects created in participatory ways, such as the integration of Indigenous knowledge into protected area governance, management, and interpretation.
Research interests: Environmental and applied anthropology, ethnoecology, mountainous protected areas, natural hazards and disasters, place-based spirituality, public education, diversity and inclusion; Nepalese Himalaya, Great Basin, Hawaiian Islands, Kenyan Rift Valley, Pacific Northwest
My research interests and professional activities led me to projects in the Kenyan Rift Valley, Hawai’i, Nepalese Himalaya, Great Basin, and recently, the Pacific Northwest. I strive to apply research to pragmatic outcomes, such as informing non-governmental organization (NGO) disaster recovery interventions, collaborative resource stewardship initiatives, and interpretive programs.