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WHAT
WE DO

We are an interdisciplinary group with very different research topics all broadly nested in the focus of coupled natural-human systems.   

Follow the links below to learn more about individual research projects.

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS.

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Rural Livelihoods & Climate Resilience

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KAZAVA <- Click to learn more

This project aims to facilitate a broader understanding of how livelihoods, land use and its history, and the environment are changing in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Area of Southern Africa.​ 

PECAR <- Click to learn more

This project aims to facilitate a broader understanding of how livelihoods, land use and its history, and the environment are changing in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Area of Southern Africa.​ 

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Indigenous Knowlege & Equity
in Conservation

This project explores applying restorative justice processes to community-based conservation interventions with indigenous communities to positively impact ecological and human

well-being outcomes and inform future conservation actions.

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Human-Wildlife Coexistence

This collaborative project aims to study the fundamental reasons for conflict between agriculturalists and elephants and develop and rigorously test interventions that are intended to simultaneously support livelihoods and rebuild the resilience of communities and landscapes across different countries and cultures with developing field sites in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, India, and Indonesia.

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Climate Adaptation, Equity 
& Natural Resource Management

Climate adaptation has become an important focal point for local decision-makers in communities around the world. However, Strategies and policies aimed at increasing resilience have the potential to exacerbate existing social-inequities if they are not designed to yield equitable distributions of costs and benefits. In a project funded and facilitated by The Nature Conservancy, we are conducting an equity analysis of sea-level rise adaptation strategies in coastal and riverine communities in New York State.

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Justice, Equity, Accessibility, &
Inclusion in the Environment

Perhaps most critical to our understanding of social-ecological systems is our ability to collaborate with a range of different stakeholders to determine the most pressing questions, design effective research, and disseminate findings to support

decision-making. We strive to work with diverse groups of people to ensure work has value and relevance. 

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Sense of Place, Drought, and Climate Adaptation in the West

In collaboration with Western Water Assessment, we are conducting research to understand how communities in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah are experiencing drought and water scarcity. We are specifically focused on the role of social network and the nature of sense of place, the relationships, feelings, emotions, etc. we have in connection to a specific location. We hope to understand how sense of place is changing under drought conditions and what this means for climate adaptation and resilience in the region. 

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JOING THE GROUP