My research focuses on the relationship between scientific knowledge production and the management of the environment. I am interested in the way that alternative approaches to knowledge production - i.e. collaborative methods - perform environmental management differently and, as a result, produce different relationships between human and non-human actors who compose socio-ecological systems. My dissertation research is on the ways that computational models are produced and used for environmental management and the possibilities for alternative modeling methods to restructure relationships in more mutually beneficial ways. I am carrying out my research in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, comparing various modeling projects with varying degrees of participation and collaboration.
In addition to my dissertation research, I have also had the opportunity to work on other projects involving environmental management and the relationship between people and the environment.
Past and Present Research Projects
- Dissertation: Computational Models, Environmental Management, and Collaboration
- Anacostia and Potomac Subsistence Fishing Study with the National Park Service
- The Bloodworm Vector for Aquatic Invasive Species with MD Sea Grant and SERC
- Traditional Cultural Properties in Ely, Nevada with the Bureau of Land Management
- Coal-fired Power in Western Kansas