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I am an interdisciplinary natural resources social scientist concerned with understanding the dynamics of coupled human-natural systems to inform complex policy decisions. Focusing primarily on the nexus of water and multifunctional working lands (e.g., mixed-use watersheds that include agricultural or mining land uses), my research is driven by the overarching questions: How and why do people govern coupled human-natural systems under climate change? And in turn, what are the effects of these governance decisions? My work is theoretically informed by literature from public policy, environmental planning, and sociology and I am committed to informing real-world decisions through co-produced research, applied peer-reviewed publications, technical reports or research briefs, and news coverage (including PBS, the AP Climate Desk, and American Ag Network). My scholarship has advanced multifunctional landscape governance by improving understanding across three areas: institutional and individual drivers of sustainable practices, the role of science in decision-making, and opportunities for inclusive governance.


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