As a researcher and teacher, I am broadly interested in the interactions between humans and the environment. As a political ecologist, I am particularly curious about topics of environmental governance, natural resource access, social vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change. Most of my work to date has taken place in East and Southern Africa. From a theoretical perspective, I seek to develop a more critical approach to climate change adaptation. In my research, I link concepts of environmental governance, social vulnerability, and adaptive capacity to more fully understand the social-ecological complexities of adaptation. My research is part of a growing body of scholarship that views adaptation as an opportunity for social and political transformation. I take a mixed methods approach, with an emphasis on qualitative data collection. I have research projects in Botswana and South Africa, with a focus on understanding how social vulnerabilities result in differential adaptive capacities for people and communities living in changing environments. I welcome inquiries from prospective students with overlapping interests.