Current Lab Members

Graduate students

Mysha Clarke

Mysha ClarkeMysha is currently pursuing a PhD in Natural Resource Social Science.

Project description: Investigating the human and policy dimensions of invasive plants management on non-industrial private forestlands.

Education: B.A., Economics, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI (2013).


Landon Young

Landon YoungLandon is currently pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecological Sciences & Engineering.

Project description: Examining resilience of water infrastructure and institutions in the context of water-related shocks in Malawi.

Education: B.S., Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2011); M.S., Interdisciplinary Ecological Sciences & Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2012).


Keri Iles

Keri IlesKeri is currently pursuing a MS in Natural Resource Social Science.

Project description: Assessing strategies for assisting new and beginning farmers in operating sustainable small-scale farms in Indiana.

Education: B.A., Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK (2007).


Post-doctoral research associate

Dr. Diana Steele-Jones

Diana SteeleDr. Diana Steele-Jones obtained her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Purdue University in 2015. Her dissertation research focused on issues of race, place, modernity, and education in the lives of under-represented youth in Peru.

Project description: A wide range of interdisciplinary research projects related to environmental change, sustainable livelihoods, and natural resource management, including a project assessing strategies for promoting sustainable operations within the U.S. Forest Service, a project examining payment for environmental services mechanisms in Bolivia, a project investigating smallholder farmer adoption of sustainable pest management strategies in Colombia, and a project synthesizing the integration of social science data into ecological, economic, and engineering modeling.

Education: B.A., Psychology, University of Oklahoma (2008); M.S., Anthropology, Purdue University (2012); Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Purdue University (2015)


Undergraduate research assistants

Austin Scheetz

Sophomore majoring in Natural Resource & Environmental Science; Purdue Student Government; Director of Sustainability: Strategic Planningand Assessment; PSG Committee on Sustainability Chair

Adrian Nicholas Johnson

Senior majoring in Natural Resource & Environmental Science

Priyanka Shankar

Sophomore majoring in Sustainable Biomaterials


Visiting scholars and students



Former Lab Members

Dr. Dingming An

Dr. Dingming An was a visiting scholar in the lab from December 2014 to December 2015. His research focused on issues related to environmental migration in the Sanjiangyuan region of China. He is currently an associate professor in the School of Finance and Economics at Qinghai University in China.

Daniela Alvarado Rincon

Daniela was an exchange undergraduate student from the National University of Colombia. She visited the lab from June to December 2015. Her research focused on the framing and policy discourse related to the use and management of “wasteland”  (Baldíos) in Colombia.

Colleen Hartel

Colleen was a full-time research assistant in the lab from March to December 2014. She was part of the research team at Purdue working with the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife on updating and revising Indiana’s State Wildlife Action Plan. She is currently pursuing a MS degree at Ohio State University.

Dr. Morey Burnham

Morey was a Ph.D. student in the lab from 2010 to 2014, and his dissertation was about climate change perception and adaptation among smallholder farmers in China. Morey is currently a post-doctoral research associate at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Jamie Laatsch

Jamie was a M.S. student in the lab from 2012 to 2014, and her thesis was about forest management and policy strategies adopted by the USDA Forest Service in response to climate change in the Intermountain West. Jamie is currently the Conservation and Outreach Coordinator for the Henry’s Fork Foundation in Idaho.

Seth Cook

Seth was a M.S. student in the lab from 2010 to 2012, and his thesis was about the human dimensions of carbon sequestration on private rangelands in Utah. Seth is currently the Director of Land Conservation for the Pee Dee Land Trust in South Carolina.