"Counter Climates: Petro-Infrastructure and Indigenous Land, Water, and Atmosphere Protection in Canada and the American Midwest"
There is increasing pressure in Alberta — the top oil-producing province in Canada — to extract and transport oil and gas to American markets.
Identifying Socio-Environmental Watershed Typologies Based on Stormwater Pollution Using Machine Learning
This project represents the first socio-environmental-technological system (SETS) study of the generation of stormwater pollution in urban watersheds across the United States. Urban stormwater pollution poses a major and growing threat to local waterbodies, yet its study and management has consistently ignored the human activities and behaviors that release pollution.
Global Dam Watch: Developing a Community Platform to Map Global Dams, Reservoirs, and River Barriers
The lack of globally consistent and up-to-date dam data is a major and recurring problem that prevents researchers from fully understanding the impacts of dams, investigating the efficacy of water scarcity mitigation, and monitoring progress towards water-related global goals. Here, we propose to develop novel scientific approaches, including the interpretation of remote sensing imagery based on machine le
"The Globalization of Conservation: How Public Perceptions of Biodiversity and International Trade Patterns Shape Mangrove Conservation"
This Graduate Pursuit will investigate how public perceptions of biodiversity may influence conservation. We will quantify the relative influence of public perceptions on conservation success at the country level, as well as conduct a case-study comparison of three mangrove-holding nations.
"What’s Governance Got to Do with It? Examining the Role of Institutional Quality in Forest Conservation"
This Pursuit seeks to better understand the relationship between forest loss and local-scale governance by assessing indicators of institutional quality at the subnational scale for 772 municipalities across the Brazilian Amazon.
"From Storms to Plowshares: A Multi-Scale Spatial Risk Analysis of Hurricane Maria’s Impacts on Puerto Rico’s Agro-Food System"
In September 2017, Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage to many aspects of life and landscape in Puerto Rico.Because agro-food systems are integral to meeting the basic needs of populations, identifying the socio-ecological communities at greatest risk of disruption is especially critical in the wake of disaster.
Distilling the Public Discourses and Nexus between Water Quality and Social Inequality
Access to clean water is a fundamental human right. Though water quality has been examined in environmental justice research, the degradation of domestic water resources has been overlooked, especially in areas with a legacy of extractive industries. Water quality environmental justice research almost exclusively studies after-the-tap water quality, rather than ambient surface water and groundwater.
"A Socio-Environmental Synthesis of the Linkages between Water Scarcity Induced Conflict and Land Use/Land Cover Change in Africa to Enhance Multi-Scalar Decision Making"
This Pursuit will combine the expertise of social and environmental scientists, NGOs, and government officials to examine where, when, how and why conflicts arise over water.