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In the WELS Lab, we are committed to equitable and just research that furthers our understanding of humans and their interactions with the environment. We believe that the most effective and meaningful research is borne out of engaged and meaningful collaboration with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Students who will be successful in the WELS lab are interested in interdisciplinary research, understanding the role and value of diversity and equity to achieve justice in research, and a capacity for skills development related to social science research, quantitative analysis methods, and participatory research. 


I’m interested in working with eager and driven students to pursue funding for graduate studies. If you are considering applying to the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado and would like to work with me, please send me an email with the following:

  • C.V. or resume

  • A statement describing your research interests

  • A description of why you’d like to enroll in the Environmental Studies program, your skills, and how you see yourself fitting in with my research group

  • Any publications (if applicable, peer-reviewed literature, agency reports that you authored, poster PDFs, conference proceedings, e.g., please include copies or links to hosted locations)

For more information about applying to grad school, resources, and advice, check out this document created by lab member Tyler Nuckols. See also here for great tips on how to correspond with potential advisors, and here for additional resources and tools!

I also encourage prospective graduate students to pursue graduate fellowships they are eligible for (see Fellowship Resources section at the bottom of this page). If you have an interesting research idea that aligns with my research areas and would like to pursue a graduate fellowship to join my lab, please provide details about your fellowship application plans in your letter of interest to me. I am eager to hear from you!

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I am interested in advising undergraduate honors students that align with my research interests in human-environment interactions, human health and the environment, climate change and climate adaptation, and justice and equity in STEM. For example, students working with me could collect new data via surveys or interviews, analyze existing data related to human livelihoods, or review existing literature.


If you are an undergraduate student already in the ENVS program and are interested in working with me on an honors thesis research project, please send me an email with a) a CV or resume and b) a brief (half-page) outline of your honors thesis research idea.  

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