I am an assistant professor of environmental studies and a member of the new Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems, and Society (EEES) PhD program at at Dartmouth College. Previously I was a student and postdoc of Lin Ostrom’s at Indiana University and I am an affiliated faculty member of the Ostrom Workshop.
I call myself an environmental social scientist, although increasingly I think of myself as an environmental anthropologist. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods to study local level natural resource management in fishing and farming systems. My primary research site is in the Dominican Republic, where I collaborate with a network of local partners on marine governance and coastal resilience. With the Dominican NGO AgroFrontera I am studying the potential for and barriers to pro-environmental change in a set of rice irrigation systems located just upstream of the fishing communities that I work in.
I also lead the SESMAD project, in which I collaborate with a network of academic colleagues to synthesize findings across a range of systems in order to produce more generalizable findings than are typically possible in a single study site.
I have two older brothers, one of whom is the director of research at PRRI, a nonprofit in Washington, DC, and another who works at some place called Google.