Diversity at all levels of science and policy is essential for generating innovative and representative research and analysis and training the next generation of leaders. Understanding the benefits of diversity and the imperative for equitable outcomes in science and policy informs all aspects of my work, from the inferences I make as an analyst to defining roles in collaborations. If you collaborate with me, you can expect that I will proactively create the conditions for inclusive team science, which means, among other things, that people earlier in their career, women, and people of color will not be forced into diminished roles. If collaborations do not meet this standard, I will be responsive to any concerns and address them with sensitivity and respect. My approaches to inclusive collaboration are informed, in part, by experience and training from fellowships at the Switzer Foundation and National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC).
Because my science and policy analyses are often focused on conservation and other socio-environmental issues, I’m especially interested in collaborations that integrate different types of knowledge to address these topics in ways that ensure a high standard of scholarship and ethics. I view cultural sensitivity and a deep respect for different ways of knowing as fundamental to this type of work. Collaborators can expect that I will not dismiss approaches and perspectives that do not align with my own training. I’m also responsive to the need to balance disciplinary norms and traditions – e.g. reward systems and writing content, style, and approach – to ensure that all participants in a collaboration meet their professional needs and goals.
There is a natural connection between my work and the quantitative social sciences, including environmental economics, decision analysis, social psychology. I’m especially interested in developing new collaborations that take a quantitative view toward high stakes and urgent problems. I’m also interested in research that bridges epistemological divides to provide a more complete understanding of socio-environmental issues. Where opportunities for such broad interdisciplinarity exists, I’m open to exploring collaborations with people who have expertise with qualitative approaches, such as anthropology, justice, and political science. Please feel free to reach out if you are interested in exploring the potential for collaboration.