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I am a geographer who writes about the human dimensions of environmental change, especially as they relate to wildlife policy and conservation practice.  My theoretical interests include political ecology, animal studies, actor-network theory, critical approaches to environmental governance, and critical geographic theory more generally.  Past research in these areas has addressed such topics as dissolved oxygen injection and the remaking of water quality, adaptive management planning and the politics of memory, and the construction of compliance with federal environmental justice policy.  Although I am interested in a wide range of research methods, I specialize in historical and qualitative methods of analysis.

I earn a living as an applied spatial scientist, using geographic information science (GIS) and remotely sensed imagery to improve conservation planning for threatened and endangered species.  I draw heavily from the natural and computer sciences in order to identify priority places for wildlife conservation, track long-term changes in habitat quantity and quality, and make wildlife-relevant spatial data and analyses more accessible and usable on the web.  But I also draw extensively from qualitative research methods and social science disciplines to understand and productively engage with the motivations of landowners, the tensions with regulated entities, and the constraints of policy-makers.