2001- 2002 CEIRP
Interest: International Environmental Management
am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Natural Resources
at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. My overarching
passion is for environmental protection and preservation.
I have a B.A. in Biology (Summa Cum Laude) and a B.A. in
Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado
in Boulder. For several years I worked at the Rocky Mountain
Biological Laboratory in Colorado as an aquatic ecosystem
researcher and as the Public Programs Manager responsible
for environmental outreach and education.
began graduate school at Cornell in 1997. My specific research
and career interest is the intersection of citizen participation
and legal mechanisms that enable and encourage community-based
stewardship, particularly of freshwater resources such as
rivers, lakes, and watersheds. My Masters thesis summarizes
research I conducted as a Fulbright Scholar in Venezuela
on community-based fishery management, willingness to participate,
and rapid rural appraisal to collect local knowledge. My
dissertation examines global and local visions of collaboration
in water resources management, drawing on a case-study of
the Lake Atitlán watershed in Guatemala. I expect
to complete my Ph.D. in May 2002.
regard to CEIRP, education has been the gateway to many of
my childhood dreams and I would like to help children dream
bigger, imagine more, and gain confidence in themselves to
open the gates to futures that they may not have realized
were even there.