Diving with NASA mission specialist, NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, Florida Keys Image: NASA
Diving with a mission specialist during the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, Florida Keys
Image: NASA

Assistant Professor |  Environmental Anthropologist

I research contemporary sociocultural processes that remake what counts as an “environment.” My projects focus on how social groups use the system concept to perceive, organize, and control spatial relations, particularly on large scales. This focus allows me to follow the ways people relate to sites, things, and processes they do not experience directly and which they categorize as outlying or beyond human.

I serve on UCI interdisciplinary research teams and campus initiatives such as Water UCI , the Salton Sea Initiative, and the UCI OCEANS Initiative.