I am a team builder, and my interest is in developing knowledge that can help solve natural resource-related and health problems through the collaboration of stakeholders, practitioners, and scientists. I consider myself human-environment geographer who studies human behavior. My work focuses on how human make decisions related to the changing environment and in turn how the changing environment leads to different human behavior. By examining the spatial extent, pattern, and coupled human-natural processes associated with change, I aim to provide better information to resource managers, local people, and institutions that can lead to improved management and policies. My particular interests lie in human drivers of and impacts from landscape fragmentation; conservation and and protected areas management; sustainable development, and health. My research involves large interdisciplinary teams. I collaborate and partner regularly with ecologists, primatologists, climatologists, anthropologists, sociologists, geographers, landscape ecologists, biologists, foresters, engineers, veterinarians, public health professionals, entrepreneurs, and local stakeholders and practitioners. Currently, my research sites are in East and Southern Africa, the American West, and now in South America. I am also a Faculty Fellow in the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.
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