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. The project is titled “Recovery, Relocation and Alluvial Awareness in Post-Harvey Houston.” Our research uses surveys, ethnographic observations and in-person interviews to gather stories from residents and find out how people whose homes were flooded in Hurricane Harvey decide to stay or relocate. We’re focussing on two different places in Houston: Greenspoint, and the Brays Bayou Watershed areas around Westbury, Meyerland, Willow Meadows and Braeswood.
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.