BA Int Sci/Ecology & Evol Bio, Northwestern University, USA
MS Ecology, University of Tennessee, USA
PhD Fisheries & Wildlife, Michigan State University, USA
My research aims to provide better knowledge and information needed by society to achieve the broad goals of sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. To that end it has three main facets: 1) understanding and characterising complex systems including interactions among culture, economy, environment, and society (i.e the 4 “pillars” of sustainable development), 2) developing models to characterize the past, present, and explore possible future scenarios of systems across various scales, and 3) integrating the knowledge and models into decision-making processes, especially decisions affecting land use and land cover change.