My research focuses on how political, economic, and ecological forces influence ecological knowledge inside and around mountainous protected and secured areas. I am interested in how power relations shape perceptions and knowledge of place and whether or not the local decisions of these actors are socially, environmentally, and/or economically sustainable at certain points in time and in different contexts. I recently initiated a new focus on social-ecological transitions after natural disasters. In all my projects, I strive to apply research findings to projects created in participatory ways.

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 Hawai’i, the Nepalese Himalaya, the Great Basin, and recently, the Pacific Northwest. Each project context is a mountainous protected area where indigenous peoples embody an ancestral connection. I strive to connect research on local ecological knowledge and practice and political economy to applied outcomes, such as collaborative resource management and interpretive programs.

Nepalese Himalaya | Great Basin | Pacific Northwest

Past Projects
Hawaiian Islands | Kenyan Rift Valley