Associate Professor


I didn’t always plan to be an anthropologist. However, during an undergrad anthropology course I realized that the field of anthropology would provide an excellent arena to pursue my innate curiosity about the diversity of people and their interactions with each other and their environments. My goal as an anthropologist is to pursue research that is intellectually challenging and that enhances our abilities to resolve complex social and environmental issues. My intellectual interests span scales that include individual households, communities, watersheds, regions, and nations. I also am an ardent believer in an interdisciplinary approach to framing and exploring research questions.

Curriculum Vitae

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Education –  

Ph.D. Anthropology, Remote Sensing minor. University of Arizona 2005 


Expertise and interests 

  • In my professional life I have worked extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a particular focus in Northeast Brazil and the Brazilian Amazon. I have also been involved with work in Africa including the countries of Mozambique, Angola, and The Comoros. 
  • I use a range of participatory methodologies as well as quantitative tools in my research, which include GIS and remote sensing. 
  • My research explores relationships between humans, climate and their natural environments.
  • Particular fields of interest include: Vulnerability and adaptation studies; food security; global climate and environmental change; land-use and land-cover change; international development; and water resources management. 



Courses Taught 

ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology

ANTH 3150 Waterworlds

ANTH 4070 Cultural Ecology

ANTH 4560 Anthropology and Development

ANTH 8630 Research Design and Proposal Development

Social Ecological Systems and Resilience Studies

Human Dimensions of Environmental Change

Grant support

  • National Science Foundation  
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  
  • Government of Ceará  
  • Northeast Development Bank of Brazil  
  • National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq Brazil) 

Current Graduate students 

Shelly Biesel 

Jonathan Hallemeier 

Emily Horton 

Spencer Kellum

Michael Lonneman 

John McGreevy

Cydney Seigerman