Hydroelectric dam development is becoming more common as an alternative energy source in the developing world, adding further relevance to understanding waste management and social disparities in affected communities. Under my current graduate program, I am acquiring the interdisciplinary skills to yield strong multidisciplinary research that furthers understanding on the environmental, social and health issues arising from hydroelectric expansion in the Amazon as well as other areas in the developing world. I am working to understand and analyze the relationship between socioeconomic disparities, water and waste management, and environmental risks in underserved and underrepresented communities. While my research experience focuses in the Brazilian Amazon, I aim to continue my research throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
I came to MSU’s Geography, Environment and Social Sciences department as a non-traditional student with a background in environmental engineering. Using the interdisciplinary skills obtained throughout my career, the department has allowed me to integrate interdisciplinary methods to advance knowledge and understanding across socioeconomic, environmental engineering, and spatial geographic arenas.