My research focuses on how political, economic, and ecological forces influence ecological knowledge inside and around mountainous protected 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 also strive to apply research findings to projects created in participatory ways.

Research interests: Indigenous/traditional/local ecological knowledge, Indigenous peoples, mountainous protected areas, place-based spirituality, applied anthropology, public education; Nepalese Himalaya, Great Basin, Hawaiian Islands, Kenyan Rift Valley, Pacific Northwest

Approach | Academic | Applied