Grad Student Affiliates

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Daniel Bornstein (Sociology) is interested in the ways scientific expertise gets used to resolve land use competitions between agriculture and forest conservation in the area of “sustainable” biofuel commodity chains.

Ian Carillo (Sociology) is completing his dissertation, “Fire, Families, and Farmworkers: Changes in Power and Opportunity in the Cane Fields.”

Nick Lally is a a geographer, artist, and computer programmer with research interests in software studies, social movements, visual epistemology, spatial theory, feminist thought, and contemporary philosophy. My work describes the role of software in constructing the world through its material entanglement with social, political, and economic systems.

Eric Nost‘s (Geography) research investigates how technology – from interactive webmaps to sediment diversions and  environmental modelling tools – shapes how regulators, non-profit conservationist groups, and the private sector design and evaluate ecological restoration and climate adaptation projects. He is currently looking at efforts to plan coastal restoration in Louisiana following decades of land loss, work that gets at questions about nature’s (economic) value; the intransigence and resilience of ecosystems; technology’s mediation of science and policy; the purpose of environmental law and the pursuit of environmental justice.

Chloe Wardropper (Environmental Studies) studies how data collection and use influence perceptions, functioning, and outcomes of environmental governance programs. Her dissertation is focused on the use of modeled and monitored water quality and precipitation data by agricultural conservation managers in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, in traditional and market-based programs.

Kaitlin Stack Whitney (Entomology) studies insect conservation and ecosystem services across managed landscapes. She’s interested in critical animal studies, phenomenology, risk assessment, and how valuing and studying insects affects policy.


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