2012 SfAA Student Endowed Award Winner
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida and a visiting pre-doctoral scholar at the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT) at Indiana University-Bloomington. I am writing my dissertation on household adaptation and resilience to climate change in the rural Eastern Cape, South Africa. I assess the current socio-ecological situation of two regions in the province, and offers alternatives to the current measures for adaptive capacity in the region. I focus on two forms of social network analyses to examine household exchanges of a variety of goods and services. I am also interested in changing rural identities and how policies in rural South Africa may better address them. My research was supported by NSF, the Center for African Studies (UF), the Tropical Conservation and Development Program (UF), and the Association of American Geographers.
I received a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Geography from the University of Florida.