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

Approach | Academic | Applied

Current Projects
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.

Nepalese Himalaya | Great Basin | Pacific Northwest

Past Projects
Hawaiian Islands | Kenyan Rift Valley