Current Research

My current research can be encapsulated within several thematic areas:

Investigating Environmental Decision-Making, Climate Change Adaptation, and Conflict

I am currently interested in the role of behavioral science in promoting adaptive responses to resource scarcity, conflict, and projected climate change impacts. In this domain I am interested in utilizing current research from the environmental and behavioral sciences to work on specific cases of environmental degradation and resource scarcity in ways that help promote effective resource management and local stakeholder engagement. As recent reports point to a growing relationship between climate change and dimensions of human conflict, one focus of this work is to develop frameworks of individual and group-level social processes related to adaptation, resource management, and the potential sources of conflict that may arise. Given the scale, complexity, and multidimensional nature of these issues, I am actively engaging in and pursuing further interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in environmental conservation, sociology, political science, marine science, and other related fields.

Improving and Diversifying Analytical Methods in the Environmental Social Sciences

I have significant interest in both the theoretical and applied value of improving statistical and methodological practices in the environmental social sciences. I am working on a variety of projects involving steps toward increasing the transparency, reproducibility, replicability, and predictive capability of research. This includes applying a diversity of statistical methods to common questions in the discipline (e.g., Bayesian estimation, LASSO and regularization, multi-level modeling) while developing new approaches for integrating multiple streams of quantitative and qualitative data into probabilistic models of environmental decision making.

Evaluating Responses to Extreme Weather Events and International Humanitarian Response Efforts

I am also interested in dimensions of international response efforts following major natural and human-caused disasters. There is much still to be understood regarding individual, national, and international decision-making processes in the aftermath of disaster events. I am currently working on several projects examining psychological and political processes underlying individual and collective humanitarian aid decisions and how these are influenced by perceptions of the disaster victims and characteristics of the disaster events. I am also currently studying how cross-national disaster relief efforts impact future intergroup relations and cooperation.