University of Wisconsin–Madison

Graduate Student Affiliates

Daniel Bornstein (Sociology)

Daniel 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)

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

Alexandra Lakind (Curriculum & Instruction, Environment & Resources)

Alexandra is interested in cooperative environments that moderate pressures  from the market-driven society. She is currently focused on human/environmental futures, arts integration, qualitative methods, and educational pedagogy. Her aim is to recognize and support infrastructure to provide platforms to multiple voices across categories. Through implicit and explicit, academic and performative routes, she hopes to foster supportive communities prepared to process unanswerable dilemmas together.

Nick Lally (Geography)

Nick 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.

Robert Lundberg (Environment & Resources, Law)

Robert uses photography as an artistic research method to investigate sites of interaction between human structures–such as roads and dams–and natural landscapes. In addition to the aesthetic interaction that the photos mediate, he uses the images to consider the legal and sociocultural infrastructure which is physically manifest in the built infrastructure.  He is interested in how these structures enshrine our understanding of and relationship to the natural spaces they inhabit.

Eric Nost (Geography)

Eric 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)

Chloe 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)

Kaitlin 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.