My research interests lie at the cross section of ecology and human geography, particularly the complex social, political, and economic factors that play into landscape conservation and the impact of environmental protection on human societies. I am interested in the proliferation of payments for ecosystem services programs, including carbon markets, as a potential method of ecological management and livelihood improvement.
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My thesis research in Guatemala will investigate local land user participation in carbon offsetting programs to determine if these international market-based initiatives do provide equity and benefits to communities involved in addition to carbon sequestration.