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Doctoral Students

Lina Aoyama
Jamila Baig
Alejandro Brambila
Tim Christion Myers
Sue Dockstader
Lisa Fink
Alexa Foor
Paul Guernsey
Geoffrey Johnson
Kyle Keeler
Katrina Maggiulli
Briana Meier
Holly Moulton
Nathaniel Otjen
Zachary Provant
Paul Reed
Schyler Reis
Hugo Seguin
Dan Shtob
Kirsten Vinyeta
Jamie Wright

Lina Aoyama

Focal Department: Biology

@uoregon.edu

I call Los Angeles, California and Tokyo, Japan my home. Growing up in two of the world’s largest cities, I have always wondered what our landscapes would look like in the next 20, 50, even 100 years. As an ecologist, I intend to provide practical, yet innovative, science to people stewarding the land.

At the University of California, Berkeley, I got the opportunity to study a variety of social-ecological issues that emerge from natural resource management. I completed my thesis on “Temporal use of roads and trails by grizzly bears in Kananaskis Country, Canada” in the Brashares Lab and graduated with a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology and minor in Environmental Economics and Policy in 2015.

During my gap year, I worked as a range technician at Point Reyes National Seashore and learned about conservation on working landscapes. I returned to University of California, Berkeley and earned a M.S. in Range Management in 2018. For my master’s thesis, I collaborated with the Tejon Ranch Conservancy and the Bartolome Lab to evaluate the use of ecological site description and state-and-transition models to describe plant community shifts and carbon dynamics on rangelands.

Currently, my research interest focuses on range ecology, landscape ecology, and nutrient cycling. I am excited to embark on a new journey with the Hallett Lab, understanding how management activities, including restoration, influence plant communities and nutrients on rangelands.

In addition to academic work, I enjoy swimming, hiking, cooking, and spending time with friends (especially over good meals). I look forward to exploring beautiful places in Oregon with my husband Brent.

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Jamila Baig

Focal Department: Geography

jbaig@uoregon.edu

Jamila BaigI am Jamila Baig working as a lecturer and researcher at Department of Biological Sciences, Karakoram International University Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan since 2008. This University was established in 2000 and is in initial stages of development. This University is surrounded by three high mountain ranges, with amazing biodiversity waiting to be explored and conserve. I started my teaching career as a Biology teacher at Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Hunza in 2001. Recently I have completed Masters in Animal Sciences, with distinction, and thesis entitled “Macro invertebrates and fishes as indicator of water quality assessment in selected high altitude wetlands of Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan”. I was awarded “Young Ecologist Research Scholarship” from WWF Pakistan to conduct this research.

I have been to University of Oregon as a courtesy faculty member/research associate with Prof. Scott Brigham on faculty exchange program on partnership between Karakoram International University (KIU) Gilgit, Pakistan and the University of Oregon. The primary goal of this partnership is to promote academic interchange between both Universities and bringing faculty members into conversation about research and teaching and to explore potential research collaborations. The second objective of this partnership is to establish an interdisciplinary center for excellence in environmental studies and sustainability. I want to contribute to this partnership in long term between two Universities by being PhD student of Environmental studies because this degree allows to combine the multiple department and research areas of my interest. I want to work towards mountain wetlands and lakes in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan by integrating water shed science and policy with the help of GIS and remote sensing. Along with it I want to determine the long term impact of human and climate on wetlands and lake ecology over the period of time with the help of hydrology and morphology of water bodies.

I am among one of very few females from my area who are doing PhD, especially in a field of such ecological importance. I believe that initiative for everything actually begins at local level and then it’s easy to spread it at regional, national and international level to convince the civil society about their role in conservation of the world resource and I believe that our network will grow slowly and gradually towards the long lasting partnership. It take work and patience to develop long lasting partnership among people, organization and countries and it could be achieved by respecting the way we are similar and also respecting the way we are different from each other.

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Alejandro Brambila

Focal Department: Biology (IEE)

abrambil@uoregon.edu

IMG_1327I am a restoration ecologist pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies in the Hallett Lab at the University of Oregon. My focal department is Biology, where I am in the Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I am particularly interested in plant community dynamics in novel and anthropogenically-dominated ecosystems, and in their relationships with different management strategies. I graduated in 2012 with an Sc.B. from Brown University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Since then I have worked in various capacities related to ecosystem management and restoration including research at the Universities of Talca (Chile) and Buenos Aires (Argentina), and field positions at organizations such as Save the Bay (Oakland, CA) and the Bureau of Land Management (Alturas and Marina, CA).

I enjoy my work, friends, gardening, traveling and various hobbies and side projects.

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Tim Christion Myers

Focal Department: Philosophy

tcc@uoregon.edu

My research interests have always encompassed the social, cultural, and philosophical factors influencing our collective relationship to the socio-ecological world. My B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley under the direction of Carolyn Merchant drew on the social sciences and humanities (e.g. sociology, anthropology, and philosophy) to investigate how Western culture understands and reasons about its relationship to nature. My M.A. in Philosophy (with a concentration in Environmental Ethics) at The University of North Texas continued this line of research. Working under J. Baird Callicott, I critiqued the wilderness concept while attempting an ecofeminist and phenomenological synthesis in defense of a “dialogical” or “partnership” model of the human relationship to nature. Today, I am most interested in the philosophy of nature, social theory, the ethical and political aspects of climate change, the phenomenology of climate denial, and the social and cultural factors influencing political movements. My dissertation project examines the socio-cultural and existential challenges inhibiting the kind of grassroots movement I believe necessary to effectively address climate change. Courses I have solo-taught include “Environmental Ethics” (Winter 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2013), “Environmental Humanities” (Summer 2013), “Environmental Philosophy” (Fall 2014), and “Climate Ethics, Climate Justice” (Winter 2014, Winter 2015). In addition to my academic experience, I have worked in environmental education (I love introducing youth to the natural world), and my interests include birding, backpacking, mushroom hunting, and spending quality time with my wife Jen.

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Sue Dockstader

Focal Department: Sociology

sdocksta@uoregon.edu

I received my Master’s degree in 2012 from the UO in Environmental Studies.  I love to hike, mushroom, and garden.  I am interested in issues related to environmental justice and political ecology.

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Lisa Fink

Focal Department: English

lfink@uoregon.edu

LisaFinkI grew up on a small family dairy farm in rural Minnesota, where I learned a deep love for the land. After completing a BS in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, I was a Fulbright Fellow in literature in Mongolia where I spent 13 months collecting and translating contemporary Mongolian poetry. Upon my return to the US, I completed an MFA in Poetry at the University of Virginia, where I was a Henry Hoyns Fellow and where I taught courses in introductory poetry writing, land ethics and aesthetics, and culture and the environment. I have since taught creative writing in homeless shelters, jails, treatment centers and other community organizations. I am the author of the poetry chapbook Her Disco (dancing girl press, 2013), and my poems have appeared in Ecotone, The Boston Review, The Minnesota Review, and Forklift, Ohio, among others. My research interests include animality, ecopoetics, ecophenomenology, somatic poetry, embodiment, biosemiotics, contemporary poetry, hybrid poetics, spatial theory and the ways in which culture frames our understanding of the environment and our action/inaction regarding environmental crises. I spend my free time singing, hiking, weaving, gardening, and learning about medicinal plants.

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Alexa Foor

Focal Department: English

afoor@uoregon.edu

I have my BA from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, MI in English with particular focus put on Sexuality and Gender Studies and Environmental Justice. As a student at SVSU I devoted my time primarily to advocating for victims of sexual assault along with supporting the LGBTQIA+ community in Saginaw. I also focused my time on creative writing, particularly through writing poetry and serving as a member and editor of SVSU’s literature and art journal, Cardinal Sins.
In my studies I have focused primarily on the Laguna Pueblo and Mohawk tribes through the works of Leslie Marmon Silko, Paula Allen Gunn, and Winona LaDuke, and I hope to be able to expand my knowledge on more Native American tribes and cultures through my time spent at the University of Oregon.

I will focus my doctoral work on ecofeminism and how it operates globally and understand fully why domination takes on different forms in different cultures. I will broaden my knowledge to a more global perspective and connect my experiences to those on a larger scale, understanding not only ecological problems as a young scholar in America but as a person living on Earth, in an interconnected global community.

In my free time I can be found writing poetry and walking aimlessly somewhere, looking vaguely lost.

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Paul Guernsey

Focal Department: Philosophy

guernsey@uoregon.edu

I grew up in the suburbs of San Jose, CA and started my academic career at a local community college. I completed a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Classical Studies at UC Santa Cruz and continued at the same institution as an M.A. student. I wrote my Master’s paper under David Hoy and Abraham Stone on the concepts of truth and appropriation in Martin Heidegger.  After UCSC I took 3 years off from school and co-founded a non-profit in northeastern Arizona in the Navajo Nation. Our main focus is to provide opportunities for the local community to participate meaningfully with its own ecology. We do this through sustainable agriculture, permaculture, landscaping, land restoration, plant propagation, and vocational programs. Here is our website: www.sunriseschool.org.My current philosophical interest is the confluence of phenomenology, ecology, pedagogy (especially Dewey) and the critique of political economy, attempting to practice these disciplines in solidarity with women, children, minorities, and the non-human biotic community. I’m particularly interested in how changes in perception, education, art, relations to geography, and economic forces can be leveraged simultaneously to grow thriving communities and places.

In my spare time I enjoy beekeeping, gardening, mushroom hunting, dancing, and talking with friends.

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Geoffrey Johnson

Focal Department: Geography

gmj@uoregon.edu

2016-10-21-16-14-05In my work I aspire to unite long-term ecological knowledge with our concepts of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. In particular I’m interested in the nexus of long-term natural resource management, generational climate ethics, and their implications for the current socio-ecological system of the Western United States and other rapidly developed landscapes. I earned my BS in Environmental Science from UO ENVS, where I completed a thesis on long-term trajectories of nitrogen characteristics in a Northwestern Pennsylvania forest soil. I followed that quickly with an MS from the UO Geography Department with Dan Gavin in the Environmental Change Research Group. During this second degree, I advanced my understanding of how the environment stores information while creating an environmental history of water quality drivers in Coos Bay estuary on the Oregon Coast.

After spending so many years living and studying in Eugene, my eco-social awareness is profoundly affected by knowledge of place, and I’ve devoted much time and thought to the ways that place can and should inform our understanding of sustainability. Long-term local living has also allowed me to apply my knowledge and love of simple living, ecological building, gardening, and natural history to the problems of local-global environmental impacts. My career goals now hinge upon using non-profit/for-profit partnership to research and implement bottom-up, small-scale redevelopment along an urban-suburban-rural gradient. Through this exercise I hope to examine the process, challenges and benefits of long-term thinking with respect to changing climate and land-use pressure contextualized by concerns over environmental and social justice.

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Kyle Keeler

Focal Department: English

kkeeler@uoregon.edu

I grew up in rural Northeast Ohio on a former dairy farm. After graduating from Youngstown State University in 2014 with a B.S. in education, I taught High School English and coached basketball in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I left my position in Fort Wayne in the summer of 2016 to attend graduate school at Kent State University; however, before my first semester at KSU I traveled to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I spent the majority of my time with the First Peoples residing on the Northern tip of the Island, before traveling farther north to Nigei Island as a maintenance volunteer in the Browning Pass marine protected area.

While on Vancouver Island, I learned the history of and the current challenges facing both the First Nations of B.C. and the ecological systems of Vancouver Island. Experiencing firsthand the injustices the First Peoples in Port Hardy endured as well as the corruption of the natural land they inhabited forced me to contemplate Vancouver Island’s environmental problems, our world’s current ecological crisis, and my chosen career path of literary studies. I investigated how to merge my passion for literature and writing and my experiences on Vancouver Island.

I graduated from Kent State in the Spring of 2018 with an M.A. in Literature. My Master’s thesis focused on America’s Anthropocenic thought in early nineteenth-century American representations of settler colonialism on the East Coast of the American continent. In viewing literary colonial relations with nature and American Indians at the dawn of colonization, I sought to scrutinize a less common starting point for America’s Anthropocenic thought prior to industrialization, both in history and in literature.

My goal at Oregon is to continue my thesis’ study by tracing in early American Literature the Anthropocene’s genesis before industrialization, by way of colonial-American Indian relations. However, I have worked on and am interested in a variety of topics, from viewing Jay Gatsby as a personification of human-caused climate change via Timothy Morton’s Dark Ecology, to the political agency of the wilderness ecology through biosemiotics, and vital and new materialism, to nonhuman animals in Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative.

When I’m not reading or writing, I’m usually hiking, playing my banjo, or trying to develop a serviceable late 20’s “old-man” basketball game.

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Katrina Maggiulli

Focal Department: English

kmaggiul@uoregon.edu

IMG_20161127_170702I grew up in the foothills of Oregon’s coast range on my family’s small hobby farm. My years in 4-H and summers working on vegetable farms are what initially led me to pursue my interests in environmental issues. After I received my B.A. in English from Oregon State University, I spent 2 years testing my interest in environmental education at the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex. While I loved the working environment, I found myself endlessly questioning the ethics of different conservation practices and thus the messages passed onto youth and the public. I longed for a refreshing outlook—an exploration of different ways of thinking, not just those imposed on ecologists and land-managers by policy-makers. This led me to pursue my Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from UO where I completed my M.A. in 2016.

My Master’s thesis work looked specifically at human-animal interrelatedness through an analysis of human-animal hybrid figures in a variety of media, my anchoring areas of interest for the project were posthumanism, material feminism, and biotechnology. In my work I proposed the concept of utopian horror as a way of grappling with these hybrid figures. I define this as a horror that can be employed to draw attention to critical issues (for example, the human animal relationship), to question our current accepted approaches, and help direct us towards new, more positive, methodologies.

For my doctoral work, I would like to build off of utopian horror and to expand my area of focus from human-animal hybrids specifically, to the use of species hybridization and biotechnological alteration of species more generally. I am particularly interested in the potential of biotechnology as a tool of conservation—a way of conserving species traits on the verge of extinction, or to alter species enough to survive a rapidly changing climate. Perspectives towards nonnative and invasive species are beginning to change in conservation and restoration work, but what about more clearly active human interference with “natural” processes?

In my time outside of school I can generally be found reading too much science fiction (is there such a thing?) or frolicking the Oregon coast with my Australian kelpie, Žižek.

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Briana Meier

Focal Department: Geography

meier@uoregon.edu

13-0907 bkmeier uo bio picThrough interdisciplinary work in environmental studies and geography I aspire to understand ways in which concepts of nature are produced and environmental issues are problematized. At present, my research interests focus on the following:

  • The relationships between public space and political-cultural economies and how the relationship with the material engages a relationship with the political, specifically around urban public spaces;
  • The social production of nature and the relationship between social systems of power and relationships with nature;
  • Cultural landscapes, particularly conceptions of land as commons and as sacred, as compared with conceptions of land as resource or commodity; and
  • Philosophy of nature and environmental ethics in general, including their applications to and relays with each of the fields listed above.

I plan to begin deeper study around conceptions of nature/human relationships within Buddhist philosophy this fall (2013).

My professional background is in urban planning and sustainable urban development, including open space planning and development. For a number of years I studied and experimented with engagement with the built environment through informal urban development and unplanned interventions in public spaces. I moved to Oregon in 2007 and completed a master’s degree and certificates in urban planning, design and development at Portland State University. Before that, I worked in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a few NGOs, including the Center for Resilient Cities, where I helped to develop outdoor public spaces, including restored natural areas, community gardens, green school grounds and city parks. My roots remain firmly connected to the wooded hillsides of northeast Iowa.

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Holly Moulton

Focal Department: ENVS Major Concentration

hemoulton@gmail.com

HollyI grew up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, and cultivated an enduring interest in both mountains and lakes from a young age. I graduated from Cornell University in 2011 with a degree in Government and a concentration in Latin American Politics. During my junior year, I studied abroad in Peru and fell in love with the wide variety of cultures and landscapes in the country. Following graduation, I spent two years teaching in a bilingual Spanish-English third grade classroom in Chicago with Teach for America. After moving to Denver and working in grant writing for a charter school, I transitioned to healthcare consulting to learn a new industry, and developed an interest in how nonprofits can partner to provide total health and quality of life programs to rural mountain communities. For my Master’s degree, I studied the effects of climate change related hazards and water scarcity on high-altitude, Quechua speaking communities in the Peruvian Andes. I was interested in both the ecological and social effects of water scarcity and climate change in the mountains, and focused my Master’s capstone on agricultural communities in the Cordillera Blanca. For my doctoral work, I am interested in expanding my Master’s research and studying the effects of climate change induced glacier melt on conflicting uses of water and contested water rights in Peru.

Outside of school, I enjoy fishing, hiking, climbing, cycling and anything else that gets me into the mountains. I aspire to own a pair of cattle dogs and a log cabin someday in the near future.

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Nathaniel Otjen

Focal Department: English

notjen@uoregon.edu

FullSizeRender1As a scholar of the environmental humanities, I study the things, beings, and plants that inhabit contemporary multispecies literature. By examining the agencies of the more-than-human world, my scholarship aims to decenter the human and encourage individuals to recognize their entangled participation within multispecies assemblages. My larger project is to incorporate literary criticism into the emerging field of multispecies studies.

Before entering college, I worked as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where I collaborated with local nonprofit organizations to provide support for continued flood recovery efforts following the area’s 2008 flood. After this volunteer experience, I attended the University of Iowa where I graduated with high distinction. I hold a B.A. with dual honors in both English and Anthropology, and a Creative Writing Track certificate (Nonfiction Emphasis). I am also the 2015-2016 recipient of the Joseph E. and Ursil I. Callen Prize, an award given to a single outstanding graduating senior in the University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. I entered the University of Oregon’s English doctoral program in 2016 and transferred into the Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy Program in 2017.

Interests: Multispecies Studies, Environmental Humanities, New Materialism, Posthumanist Theory, Cultural Studies, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature

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Zachary Provant

Focal Department: ENVS Major Concentration

zprovant@uoregon.edu

My research will examine climate change related issues faced by remote communities in mountainous regions. Climate modeling will allow me to consider variables affecting these particular communities, such as snow pattern changes and glacier retreat. The analysis of short- and long-term modeling will support the development of a community-specific impact plan. In addition, I will document and communicate the climate change effects in these remote communities. Blending strategic media outlets and social science research will not only aid my ability to help a community adapt, but it will also portray relatable, small-scale effects of a global crisis. Science research should be presented in an understandable way; this will lead to effective education and hopefully increase society’s awareness in the process.

Growing up in the Idaho mountains, I formed a strong connection with the outdoors at an early age. After moving to the east coast, I earned a BS in environmental science from the University of Virginia and spent my summers working for the US Forest Service in Idaho. I spent six incredible months studying conservation in New Zealand. My research is fueled by a strong love for mountains, forests, and frozen environments. You can find me backcountry skiing/splitboarding, backpacking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, shooting adventure photography, and exploring all that the PNW has to offer.

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Paul Reed

Focal Department: Biology

preed@uoregon.edu

Reed_ENVS Bio PhotoI’m a Western New York native, growing up within twenty minutes of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and the Canadian border. Originally interested in immunology and virology, I chose to stay local and attended the University at Buffalo, which I graduated from in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Early into my undergraduate career I realized that my true passion was for nature and environmental topics. This realization led me to seek out ecosystem restoration research opportunities, working on an NSF-funded project testing biological controls of harmful algal blooms and later conducting a senior research project on phytoremediation of cadmium contaminated soils and sediments. In addition to undergraduate research, I was also a teaching assistant for two evolutionary biology courses while at UB, which should serve me well as a part of the Institute of Ecology and Evolution in my focal department of Biology at Oregon. My research interests moving forward are wide ranging, but I am keenly interested in integrating scientific knowledge with public policy and environmental management. I am planning on studying the effects of climate change upon various ecosystems such as the in-peril prairie communities of the Pacific Northwest, and will look to incorporate management and policy aspects into my studies.

In my spare time I love to climb, run, hike and do just about anything outdoors, making Oregon a perfect place for me! I’m also passionate about traveling, having studied abroad in Argentina, visited a number of countries in South America and Europe, and toured most of the United States. I look forward to the adventures that are sure to come in the Pacific Northwest.

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Schyler Reis

Focal Department: Geography

schylerr@uoregon.ed

20121540_10211617949739018_8088444677275354060_oMy current work focuses on: the interactions between the soils, plants, and atmosphere in the semi-arid ecosystems of eastern Oregon; how climate change will affect the distributions of plant communities in these areas; the people there and the policies that govern their land use actions.

My master’s degree from Oregon State University was on long-term fuels accumulation in the sagebrush steppe. My undergraduate thesis was on the long-term effects of cattle secession on the structure and function of riparian areas and stream channels at the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. At Mount Hood Community College, I conducted a study on the dietary preferences of forest snails and banana slugs. The slugs ate the snails. For the science fair in 3rd grade I examined the growth of mold on bread under different environmental conditions. When not conducting research for my dissertation I enjoy: reading primary scientific literature, scouting out locations for future research projects, fidget spinning, playing music, playing board games, cooking, making memes about my Mom’s dogs, water color painting, swimming, and befriending other people’s dogs. I grew up in Boring, Oregon.

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Hugo Seguin

Focal Department: ENVS Major Concentration

hseguin@uoregon.edu

cmp_copticom-54I am a practitioner who is now happily spending quality time to think, write, engage and debate, trying to make sense of some of the fundamental causes of this dysfunctional relationship we humans entertain with our natural environment. Most specifically, I am interested in the way individuals as agents, and particularly public policy makers, might think ethically in the context of potentially catastrophic global environmental changes.

My main area of expertise is on climate change mitigation policies, and I have been an annual – and sometimes reluctant – participant to the United Nations-led international climate negotiations for the past 14 years. I am also a Fellow of the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM) and I lecture at the University of Sherbrooke’s École de politique appliquée, where I have developed a predilection for field trips, bringing graduate students to UN climate conferences as observers and researchers, and more recently to communities that are wracked by seemingly intractable political conflicts over land, natural resources and identity.

A former Greenpeace Canada and Climate Action Network International board member, I now serve on the board of directors of EcoJustice Canada and Vivre en Ville, a Québec City-based think tank working on sustainable urban and territorial planning. I am also a senior consultant for PR firm COPTICOM.

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Dan Shtob

Focal Department: Sociology

dshtob@uoregon.edu

DSC04889I am interested in the power of environmental sociology to address interdisciplinary issues relating to how we interact with the environment. Specifically, my most recent research involves an ethnographic approach to understanding how a variety of social variables and place
identities may influence the social construction perspectives on future catastrophe. It seeks to develop ideas about how residents construct the potential for future disasters. Beyond this specific focus, I am interested in how human systems and landscapes interact, and the social histories of the development of these interactions.

I spent five years working in real estate finance in New York City. I focused primarily on real-estate heavy mergers and acquisitions, finance including investment joint venture arrangements, and commercial leasing. Evidently not fans of small shifts, my wife Brittany and I then moved on to the Peace Corps and found ourselves working in community-based conservation in a small and very remote village in northern Zambia. After two years of service, we were selected for a third year working with Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust, developing and managing an environmental community outreach program that, among other things, sought to address human-wildlife conflict — and troubled histories — in villages adjacent to a wildlife-rich national park. The interpretation and reinterpretation of assumptions about how we interact with our environments that developed during these shifts kindled the idea that the community modes of thought represent a key, and somewhat under-explored, link between information, decision-making, and social justice.

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Kirsten Vinyeta

Focal Department: Sociology

kvinyeta@uoregon.edu

I am interested in questions that explore the ways in which social conflict is inscribed on the landscape, and how state policy and other forms of power disrupt or promote socio-ecological well-being. How do systems of oppression affect the ecology of places? How are ecological health and social justice intertwined? How are nonhuman species entangled in human social systems? To date, most of my research has focused on the impacts of climate change and federal policy on indigenous communities in the United States. More recently, I have also been thinking about the political nature and social implications of ecological concepts such as “resilience” when instituted by the state and other powerful actors.

As a researcher, I have collaborated with the Coquille Indian Tribe of Oregon, and have worked for the Tribal Climate Change Project, the Ecosystems Workforce Program, and most recently, the Karuk Tribe of California. Tribal collaborators, and indigenous scholars and activists continuously inspire and redefine my work as a settler in the academy. My dissertation research will involve a collaboration with the Karuk Tribe in which we will use geospatial analysis to compare historic and contemporary aerial photography, in order to identify how federal fire suppression policies have affected the eco-cultural fabric of the Klamath River Basin over the last century.

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Jamie Wright

Focal Department: Biology (IEE)

jwrigh12@uoregon.edu

Wright_UObioPictureI am interested in researching the ways in which shifting climatic conditions are altering microbial communities and biogeochemical processes within the soil. Furthermore, I want to better understand how changes in the soil affect aboveground vegetation and ecosystem stability.

I recently received my B.S. in Environmental Science and Management focusing on Soil Science and Biogeochemistry at UC Davis. I also minored in Geographic Information Systems.

Besides my passion for environmental conservation, I enjoy running, reading, camping, dancing (of course), and the occasional crocheting.

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