Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Colorado Boulder
I'm a PhD candidate in the Graduate Group in Ecology and broadly interested in biodiversity conservation and rural smallholders in the tropics. My current research examines how land resources and protected areas are utilized at local and national scales in Tanzania, including three areas of study. First, I'm evaluating the presence and extent of human migration around protected areas across Tanzania and the effects of community conservation projects on these movements. Second, I work with Sukuma agropastoralists in western Tanzania to model individual and household decision-making regarding mobility, land use, and conservation. Third, I collaborate with Savannas Forever Tanzania to examine the impacts of community managed conservation areas on household food security. My approaches include spatial analyses of demographic patterns and mechanisms as well as models and methods of decision making from human behavioral ecology.