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Bilal Butt

PhD 2007

alumni_ButtDate of graduation: December 2007

Major advisor: Antoinette WinklerPrins

Dissertation Title: Grazing on the edge: cattle mobility, ecology and Maasai herding in southern Kenya

Between January 2008 and December 2010, I was a NSF minority postdoctoral research fellow at the department of geography at the University of Wisconsin. Working with Matthew Turner, we conducted empirical field research on wildlife-livestock relationships in semi-arid pastoral landscapes in Southern Kenya. Between January and June 2011, I was involved in a USAID project, which seeks to understand how latitude and year influence the phenology of rangelands in Sudan-Sahelian West Africa. I am current an assistant professor of natural resources and the environment at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. My current research interests revolve around four key areas of investigation, which seek to understand: (1) the spatiality of livelihood strategies (resource access and utilization) among pastoral peoples under regimes of increasing climatic variability and uncertainty; (2) the nature of the relationships between wildlife and livestock in dry land pastoral ecosystems of East Africa; (3) violent and non-violent conflicts between people and institutions over natural resources, and; (4) how mobile information technologies such as cell phones influence natural resource management strategies among pastoral peoples in dry lands.