In my current research, I seeks to understand telecoupling (distal connections) across socio-ecological systems; land tenure, forest governance and recovery; and carbon conservation schemes such as REDD+ in the context of global climate change policies and development issues. I am Principal Investigator on a recently awarded grant from the NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) program, “The Global Rush for Land: A Socio-Ecological Synthesis” Principle Investigator (2017-2020). I am currently also Executive Officer of the Global Land Programme (glp.earth), a Global Research Project of the Future Earth research initiative for global sustainablity, hosted at the Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Bern, Switzerland and Senior Scientist at the Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Bern.
Areas of Interest
- Socio-economic telecouplings and interactions with land-use change processes
- Environmental governance, land tenure/land use, and resource rights (i.e., REDD and forest carbon initiatives)
- Stakeholder processes and decision-support for climate change adaptation and mitigation
- Global environmental change science coordination
Degree TypePh.DDegree DetailsEnvironmental Studies, University of California - Santa Cruz
Degree TypeBADegree DetailsInternational Affairs/Latin American Studies, University of Colorado - Boulder
My research aims to improve understanding of how rapidly expanding telecouplings (distal connections) between socio-ecological systems (e.g. expansion of large scale commodity crop and carbon conservation schemes such as REDD+) shape land governance and changes in land use.
Board Member, Community Agroecology Network