Environmental sociology, coupled human and natural systems, sustainable development
My advisees come from a variety of backgrounds. Generally students have an interest in sociology, anthropology, development studies, environmental studies, natural resource management, or ecology.
My research contributes to the growing interdisciplinary understanding of environmental change and its dynamic with human systems. Current research includes human dimensions of wildfire planning, urban ecosystems: human choices and biogeochemical cycles, multifunctional agriculture: social networks and system change as well as multistakeholder dialogues and environmental risk assessment. My students and previous research focus on community participation in natural resource planning and knowledge formation, conservation management and sustainable development, community forestry. Most of my international fieldwork has been done in Latin America, specifically Chiapas, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. Recently I have collaborated on risk assessment with researchers in Kenya, Brazil, and Vietnam.