People

I direct the African Drylands Research Lab (ADRL). ADRL is meant to be a common place for graduate students interested in the intersection between critical social science approaches and perspectives and the study of environmental ‘problems’ broadly defined within African drylands. Our lab is comprised of undergraduate, Masters as well as PhD students working around the world.

The lab group meets on a bi-weekly basis to discuss term papers, thesis ideas, proposal and grant writing and others issues which are meant to be beneficial for all students.

Current Students

PhD Committee Advising

  • 2017 Katherine Browne
  • 2015 Hayden Hedman
  • 2013 Maria Carolina Simao

Masters of Science (Thesis)

  • 2012 Bristol Mann (co-advised with Bill Currie): Application of finer scale satellite imagery to clarify index-insurance programs in East Africa (Currently at International Resources Institute)

Masters of Science (Non-Thesis)

  • 2015 Alexandra Clayton (Dual with Ford School for Public Policy)
  • 2016 April Richards

Alumni

PhD Committee Advising

  • 2012 Joshua Cousins (Now at Dartmouth College)
  • 2011 Baruani Mshale (Now at CIFOR)

Masters of Science (Thesis)

  • 2015 Claire Poelking: Gender and Pastoralism in an age of shifting political economies of labor
  • 2015 Amanda Kaminsky: China in Africa and the New Safari (Current PhD Student at University of Michigan)
  • 2012 Cara Steger: Citizen Science and Natural Resource Monitoring in African Protected Areas (Currently PhD Student at Colorado State University)
  • 2012 Erin O’Brien (committee member; Johannes Foufopoulos, Advisor): Effects of grazing treatments on vegetative regrowth in East African savanna grasslands
  • 2011 David O’Connor (committee member; Johannes Foufopoulos, Advisor): Grazing ecologies of giraffe and camels in Northern Kenya: Possibilities for Competition? (Currently at the San Diego Zoo)
  • 2011 Wan-Chih Cheng (committee member; Johannes Foufopoulos, Advisor): Effects of small ruminant grazing on ecosystems services in Greece

Masters of Science (Non-Thesis)

  • 2013 Jordan Fischer (Dual with Ross School of Business)
  • 2012 Katie O’Gara: Community Forestry in Tanzania

Undergraduate Students

  • 2014 Syeda Zaynab Mahmood (UROP Scholar)
  • 2013 Audrey Chitkara
  • 2013 Cordi Craig
  • 2012 Zachary Petroni (Wallenburg Fellow)
  • 2011 Jordan McHugh (UROP Scholar)
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