Advisor: Robert Walker
Research synopsis (PhD): Land occupation and land conflict have been an ongoing problem in Brazil for decades. Many researchers concerned with deforestation in the Amazon region of Brazil have been concerned about how these land conflicts may contribute to deforestation, speculating they may increase deforestation. My research focused on a particularly contentious area in the Southeastern part of the Brazilian state of Pará, and showed that each case of land conflict increased deforestation by more than 100 hectares over 1984-2003. This work is forthcoming in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.
Since leaving MSU, I have been teaching as an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Earth & Environmental Systems at Indiana State University since August 2009. My wife, Rosalie (who is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Indiana University-East), and our son, Harrison (born in March 2011) lived in Indianapolis, but make frequent trips to see family in Michigan and Vermont.
In Geography I have been productive enough, attending AAG in 2010 and 2011, and I plan to chair two sessions at AAG in NYC in 2012. I have also been a co-keynote speaker at The International Conference for Sustainability in the Sciences and Social Sciences at Mahasarakham Rajhabat University in Maha Sarakham, Thailand in July 2011, and was a co-leader of a study abroad trip to 4 cities in Thailand during that same month. I have been fortunate to have a few publications in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers since starting at Indiana State, and enjoy teaching Environmental Science and GIS at both the undergraduate and graduate level.