I am currently completing a postdoctoral scholar appointment at the University of Massachusetts in the Department of Geosciences before assuming a faculty position at the University of New Mexico in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies in the Fall of 2017.

My research is broadly defined as development geography. I research human dimensions of water with a focus on interacting risks to agrarian development programs in arid and flood-prone places. In particular, I am interested in understanding what makes a particular population able to adapt to environmental change and globalization, and in what constitutes limits to their ability to continue to do so. To do this, I attempt to understand the role of context (e.g., environmental change, globalization, political economy, culture) in local decisions to adapt. My research is solution oriented. I incorporate institutional structures and livelihood values into my work to inform development policy.

My specific research topics include the following: Water governance and institutions; Central American development; Agrarian adaptation in Central America’s “dry corridor;” Vulnerability, risk, and adaptation to environmental change and globalization; Political economy of climate adaptation programs; Critical development studies; and Mixed methods. I encourage potential students interested in any of these topics to contact me to discuss current and future research opportunities.