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PhD Student, University of California, Merced

I am an environmental geographer and environmental steward as well as a Ph.D. student in the Management of Complex Systems at the University of California, Merced. My research interests encompass the political ecology and management of global change (climate change, biodiversity loss, chemical pollution, etc.) and thus the management of complex systems. Cooperative adaptive management, complex socio-ecological-systems (SESs) and the ecosystem services framework (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005) are important aspects of my research in my quest to find solutions to assure the sustainability of human society within Earth's planetary system. Also at the core of my research interests is a deep concern for the increasingly broad-scale deterioration of the health of ecosystems due to industrial processes, exploitation, and consumption - environmental justice. Interdisciplinary research and cooperation between grass-roots organizations to state and federal regulatory entities and global initiatives are part of the recipe for success. As such, adaptive cooperative management is at the root of my objectives in the management of complex systems.

Key research Interests: global change, adaptive co-management, climate justice, resilience science