As a PROF-DOC Fellow at West Virginia University, I am pursuing three research projects.
The first two related projects are: (1) Digging for Caves: Cross-Cultural Attitudes on Cave Modification,
and (2) Collaboration and Trust in Science: The Case of the West Virginia Speleological Survey.
The third longer-term project examines the role of Cuban speleology in the changing geopolitics
of state science (1940 – 2014).
These projects build on my graduate work at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Michigan.
My dissertation, titled Exploration, Science, and Society in Venezuela's Cave Landscape, examines
the history and practice of cave exploration and science, or speleology, in Venezuela. Its analysis, which
focuses on the activities of the Venezuelan Speleological Society, investigates the ways this organization
both contributes to and challenges a broader state-run national project of geographical knowledge and
territory-making. Exploring human-cave relations, from a historical, phenomenological, and political
perspective provides broader context to speleological practices.
Download the dissertation abstract.
Download my CV.
West Virginia University
Department of Geology and Geography
98 Beechurst Ave
330 Brooks Hall, Office G27
Morgantown, WV 26506-6300
Ph 304.293.9283 Fx 304.293.6522
Photo Credit: Alan Warild, Guácharo Cave, Caripe, Venezuela, 2008