I have two interrelated research foci for my doctoral dissertation. The first one
relates to understanding the socio-ecological impacts of biofuels, primarily on local
communities where biofuel production systems are embedded.
The other research focus is to understand how local, regional, and national level
biofuel policies are in sync with community values and perceptions of the members,
and figuring out who the main actors and institutions behind these policies are.
I spend most of my spare time in reading newspapers, travelling, and watching classic,
experimental, and rare movies around the world.
BA, Music Education, Kansas State Teachers College (Emporia State University)
Laser Scanning of Industrial Structures
Digitalization and Heritage Management
Professional Applications of Consumer Technologies in Archaeology
PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy
BA, International Relations (Science, Technology Environment), and Public Policy,
Michigan State University
MA, Environmental Studies, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
My master’s thesis examined the biodiesel renewable fuel standard for Washington State.
Specifically, my thesis focused on the policy’s shortcomings and the next steps in
promoting biodiesel use in the state through alterations of the RFS or creation of
new policy and goals.
As a doctoral student at Michigan Tech, my research will focus on bioenergy and biofuel
policy at the state, national, and international levels.
Prior to starting Evergreen’s graduate program, I worked for the Nevada Conservation
Corps. During this time, I was an Americorps volunteer on the Trail Restoration Crew,
building and restoring trails throughout Nevada, such as the Rim to Reno trail which
connects Lake Tahoe to Reno.
• BS, Resource Conservation and Ecology, University of Montana
I am interested in the human dimensions of wildlife management, and for my Master’s
thesis I am studying how the changing demographics of hunters and anglers can impact
state agencies’ capacity for effective management, conservation, and habitat restoration
My undergraduate research focused on the ecology of invasive species in the western
My future goals are to integrate my interdisciplinary background and find ways to
work at the confluence of social and natural sciences. I believe effective scientific
communication and ecological literacy are more important than ever if we hope to address
current environmental challenges.
I was introduced to the Industrial Archaeology program as an undergraduate student
and knew this is what I wanted to do. My interest areas include mine wastes, the impact
of industry on the landscape, and how landscapes transformed with technological change.
My current research is focused on Torch Lake, specifically, mapping out changes in
the industrial shoreline to pin-point possible PCB pollution sites.
MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy
BS, Environmental & Natural Resources, Clemson University
I am interested in how people interact with their environments. Specifically I want
to study human behavior as it relates to their environmental choices. Currently I
am studying regulatory teeth as it relates to environmental federalism. I find this
topic very interesting because so far it has allowed me to study environmental law
from a different perspective that will provide information on how to improve environmental
policy in the future.
PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology
MA, Anthropology (concentration in historical archaeology), University of Massachusetts–Boston
BA, Archaeology, Boston University
I have been an archaeologist since 2002, studying industrial sites and communities
since 2006. I came to Michigan Tech for my doctorate in 2009. Understanding how people
negotiated the changes brought by industrialization is what inspires me.
Currently, I am researching the development of the Cuyuna Iron Mining Range in Central
Minnesota for my dissertation and am focusing on how the region’s innovations and
unusual features made significant national and global contributions in the 20th century.
Previous projects include the Quincy Smelter in Ripley, Mich. and the Copake Iron
Works in Copake, N.Y.