Current project: “Recovery, Relocation and Alluvial Awareness in Post-Harvey Houston,” uses surveys, ethnographic observations and in-person interviews to study how flooding events impacts peoples’ sense of place. We are focussing on the Brays Bayou watershed and the Greens Bayou watershed.

About me: I joined the Center for Research in Energy & Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University in February 2018 as a postdoctoral fellow working on a National Science Foundation project led by Dominic Boyer (outlined above).

Before moving to Houston, I completed a two-year postdoc with the Climate Futures Initiative and Michael Oppenheimer at Princeton University on February 1, 2018. During my postdoc, I conducted an ethnography of the visualization of sea ice data at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. I also joined a group of international researchers, lead by Principle Investigator Jessica O’Reilly, with whom I am conducting an ongoing long-term ethnography of the processes through which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change authors its Sixth Assessment Report.

I defended my dissertation in Sociology at Queen’s University, Canada, in November 2015. My dissertation is called The Social Reorganization of Polar Science: Responding to Cryospheric Change in the International Polar Year 2007-2008 and Beyond. Martin Hand was my supervisor and Sergio Sismondo and Mick Smith were committee members. Brian Wynne was the external examiner. I used in-depth qualitative interviews, participant-observation, and document analysis to research how scientists and policymakers are responding to Arctic change. I framed the dissertation as an inquiry into the call to go “From Knowledge to Action,” which is the theme that concluded, in 2012, the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008.

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