Mahalo for your interest in our lab group!


Post-doctoral Scholar: In collaboration with SNAPP and Robert Heilmayr, we are seeking a post-doctoral scholar to collaborate on a new, two-year project titled “Landscape-scale forest assessments to support zero-deforestation supply chains.” This project is designed to empower the participation of small producers in zero-deforestation supply chains and support companies and governments to make conservation decisions based on landscape-scale connectivity. The project focuses on the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA), a multi-stakeholder initiative that has emerged as a leading tool for corporate and public implementation of zero-deforestation commitments. The work focuses on oil palm in Indonesia. Click here for more information and to apply.


Broadly, we answer questions about land use, with a particular focus on governance of tropical crop commodities. We are an interdisciplinary group, applying methods and theories from geography, remote sensing, economics, biogeochemistry, ecology, political ecology, and other related disciplines. We use tools ranging from land cover change modeling to ecological field surveys to semi-structured interviews. Thus, individuals who have experience in one or more of these disciplines, an open and flexible approach to science, field experience in terrestrial tropical environments, and/or fluency in languages beyond English are particularly well-suited for the group.

I advise students in the NREM program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Within NREM, we have research masters (Plan A), management masters (MEM), mid-career masters (Plan C) and PhD options. You can learn more about each of these degrees and requirements for admission here. I am also open to discussing post-doctoral fellowship and undergraduate/post-graduate internship possibilities.

At this time, I am not taking students for the 2019-2020 academic year. If you are interested in working with our expanding group in the future, please send me an email and we can discuss funding options. You might check out the East West Center, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and the Open Education Database for potential funding sources.