If novel solutions are to be devised and developed to address contemporary environmental challenges we must be willing and open to bridging both disciplines and research strategies. As an applied human ecologist my research examines and addresses the inherent complexity and uncertainty of coupled social-ecological systems. More specifically, my work explores the interplay between conservation, environmental change, and natural resource use along with emerging modes of governance operating and interacting at various scales.
As a transdisciplinary scholar commonly employing a social-ecological systems perspective, my research regularly draws upon diverse bodies of literature and theoretical frameworks including resilience, commons theory, complex adaptive systems, network theory, and environmental governance. In addition, while largely community-based and participatory, this research often couples qualitative and quantitative research methods ranging from focus groups to social network analysis (SNA).