I am a human geographer working to understand the interactions between natural resource use and the social and economic well being of rural communities. I am a faculty member in Montana State University's Earth Science Department where I hold a joint appointment with the Montana Institute on Ecosystems.
Geographically, I have expertise in the U.S. West, including the Intermountain West and Northern Great Plains, and New Zealand.
Prior to joining the Earth Sciences Department in the fall of 2013, I worked for five years as a policy analyst for the regional non-profit research group Headwaters Economics.
A native of Boston, MA, I am a graduate of Colorado College. I hold a PhD in History from the University of Colorado-Boulder and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Otago (New Zealand) from 2005-2007.