My research examines how people adapt to unpredictable environmental conditions in arid and semi-arid lands, especially in East Africa. This involves the study of land use, livelihood diversification, the adoption of cultivation, and migration. I am especially interested in how these changes affect the resilience of these coupled social/natural systems. Another aspect of my research involves understanding how national parks and protected areas impact the people living around them – both positively and negatively. I also conduct research on local concepts of well being and the relationship of climate and conflict in Kenya.
ecological anthropology, arid and semi arid rangelands, East Africa, nomadic pastoralism, conservation, development, extreme events
ANTH 4020 - Explorations in Anthropology
Special topics in cultural and physical anthropology, as well as archaeology. Check with the department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as ANTH 5020.
ANTH 7600 - Human Ecology: Cultural Aspects
Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
Reviews and critically examines the major theoretical perspectives for understanding the relationship between human social behavior and the environment developed in the social sciences, especially anthropology, over the last 100 years. Formerly ANTH 5600.
ENVS 5930 - Internship
Provides academically supervised opportunities for environmental studies majors to work in public and private organizations on projects related to the students' research and career goals, and to relate classroom theory to practice.