Prospective Students

If you are interested in working with me, please check the project pages and contact me via email

  • Link to graduate program here.

Current PostDoctoral Research Associates:

I am not currently hiring postdoctoral research associates

Past Postdoctoral Research Associates:

Dr. Graham Epstein worked on the Commons Synthesis Projects for advancing the understanding of institutions and their role in our ability to manage natural resources and adapt to change. More about his work can be found on his google scholar page

Dr. Joshua Lambert worked on the Commons Synthesis Project as well as on analysing policy documents to assess the co-evolution of natural disasters and policies in the gulf of mexico region. More about his work and expertise can be found here and here you can find his google scholar page. Dr. Lambert is now a machine learning engineer.

Current PhD Students

Devyn Escalanti is working on the relationship between epidemics and conflict in SubSaharan Africa

Rafael Hurtado is working on the relationship between changes in ecosystem functions and services and their interaction with communities cultural values, nutrition and security in the Caribbean

Alanna Fulk is working on the historical evolution of information, mis-information and dis-ininformation from WWII to today

Current Master Students:

Sidrah Tufail is working on environmental security in Pakistan.

Current Honors Students:

Zanielle Wells is working on public attitudes and their impacts on the conservation of the Indian River Lagoon Watershed, Florida USA.

Current Students (role in parenthesis):

  • Erika Ricci (PhD - Security Studies Program)
  • Bruce Miller (PhD - Industrial Engineering)
  • Jonathan Mahan (PhD - Security Studies Program)
  • Uchenna Okwara (PhD – Security Studies Program)
  • Turan Keles (PhD – Security Studies Program)
  • Leah Faure (PhD – Security Studies Program)
  • Mahdy Abdulkareem (PhD – Public Administration)
  • Dhanya Nair (Master – Political Science)
  • Carmen Calzado (committee member, ex co-Chair with Mark Brunson - PhD in environment and society Utah State University)

Past students i have worked with (role in parenthesis)

  • 2023: Bruce Miller (committee member) – PhD in Industrial Engineering
  • 2023: Stanley Rhodes (committee member, ex-Chair) – PhD in Environment and Society, Utah State University
  • 2023: Ozgur Kayaalp (committee member) – PhD in Security Studies, UCF
  • 2022: Jennifer Obado Joel (chair) – PhD in Security Studies, UCF
  • 2022: Frida Bahia (committee member) – PhD in Tourism and Hospitatlity, UCF
  • 2022: Shemuwel Russ (chair) – Honors in the Major Thesis Political Science, UCF
  • 2022: Lux Miranda (committee member) – MS in Industrial Engineering, UCF
  • 2022: Davide Dell’Isola (committee member) – PhD in Security Studies Program, UCF
  • 2019: Gwendwr Meredith (committee member) – PhD in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management, Utah State University
  • 2019: Ryan James (committee member) – MS in Water Resources Engineering, Utah State University
  • 2018: Riana Gayle (co-Chair with Jordan Smith) – MS in Ecology, Utah State University
  • 2018: Lyndi Perry (committee member) – MS in Landscape and Urban Planning, Utah State University
  • 2018: Jeffrey Height (committee member) – MS in Watershed Sciences, Utah State University,
  • 2018: Jose Camilo Fagua (committee member) – PhD in Wildland Resources, Utah State University
  • 2016 – 2018 Samantha Marie Nabity – Major in Anthropology, (Supervisor) – Undergraduate Research Assistant.
  • 2016 – 2017 Tam Nguyen – PhD in Computer Science, (Supervisor) – Graduate Research Assistant
  • 2016 – 2017 Erica Hawvermale – Major in Anthropology, (Supervisor) – Undergraduate Research Assistant.
Associate Professor

My research interests relate to assessinig and analyzing dynamics of social ecological systems, common pool resources, resilence of coastal systems and the relationship between cognitive abilities and group adaptabilty to socio-economic, political and environmental changes