Students

Angela Babb

Angela Babb

Degree Program: PhD, Department of Geography

Research interests: food justice, political economy of agriculture, political ecology of the body, U.S. Farm Bill, nutrition assistance programs, Thrifty Food Plan

Alex Badillo

Alex Badillo
Degree Program: Ph.D.

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Mesoamerica, Oaxaca, Mexico

Research Interests: Archaeology and Social Context, Colonization, Anthropology of Violence, Landscape, Settlement Patterns, Trade and Commerce, Archaeological Survey Methods, GIS, Dialect Geography, Archival Research.

Profile: I am currently investigating people who lived in proximity to trade roads during times of conquest in the Nejapa region of Oaxaca, Mexico. My research spans the Late Postclassic period and the Colonial period and focuses on settlement patterns throughout the region.

Edgar Espinoza

Edgar Espinoza
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Geographic Information Science & Remote Sensing)

Research Interests: Broad research topics are Land Change Science, ecosystem services, conservation biology, landscape ecology, cultural and political ecology, GIS-Remote Sensing, Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, multi-functional agriculture, biogeography and climate change. More specific interests are the cultural drivers of land use/cover change, ecosystem service mapping/modeling using GIS, socio-ecological vulnerability of mangrove ecosystems and the geographies of multi-functional landscapes.

Colleen Friedly

Colleen Friedly
Degree Program
: Ph.D., Department of Anthropology

Research Interests: Primate behavioral ecology, ecotourism. Her specific interests include the variety of effects ecotourism has on local communities, tourists, and wildlife, and the impact of tourism on the environment.

Profile: Research interests include the impact of nature-based "ecotourism" on the environment and the implications this has on the economic sustainability of the tourism industry. Specifically interested in how human and non-human primate interactions are mediated in the context of a tourism experience and how increasing tourism development can impact the long-term survival of non-human primates and other wildlife. Through experiences gained within the Ostrom Workshop, I hope to integrate theory and methodology from a number of different disciplines to assess ecotourism development and sustainability.

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Vitor Martins
Degree Program
: Ph.D., Department of Sociology

Research Interests: Vitor’s research examines how vulnerable populations seek redress for their grievances that stem from urban segregation in the metropolitan region of Belém. The inadequate infrastructure that serves disadvantaged neighborhoods in Belém, combined with a heavy rainfall season, exposes thousands of individuals to flood hazard, housing damages, and displacement. At the same time, the channels of accessing justice as a means of seeking legal remedy to these social problems are insufficient. In particular, Vitor is interested in understanding the obstacles faced by these individuals to mobilizing to secure socio-economic right.

Profile: Vitor is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University-Bloomington. Prior to leaving Brazil to pursue his LL.M. at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, he received his LL.B. and LL.M. from Centro Universitário do Pará and São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getúlio Vargas, respectively. He is broadly interested in the areas of development, stratification and inequality, the legal profession, law and society, urban sociology, and political sociology.

David Massey

David Massey
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Water Resources)

Research Interests: Agricultural Development, Archaeology, Complexity, LULC, UAVs

Paulo Massoca

Paulo Massoca
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Environmental Science)

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Brazilian Amazon

Research Interests: Forest ecology and socio-ecological systems in the Brazilian Amazon. Ecological succession of tropical forests, the role of second-growth forests in conserving and provisioning ecosystem services, and the drivers of land-use and land-cover change.

Profile: For my doctoral research, I intend to approach the new Brazilian Forest Code, particularly the alternatives to landowner’s compliance with the law, either restoring the native vegetation cover within their properties or compensating its debt to a different property. I want to understand how landowner cohorts make decisions in different socio-economic contexts at the local level, as well as the effect of such decisions on land-cover at larger scales within the Amazon.

Emma

Emma McDonell

Degree Program: Ph.D., Department of Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Peru; Andean highlands; Latin America; North America, and relations between these geographical regions

Research Interests: Political ecology, food studies, politics of indigenous recognition, quinoa and the commercialization of “traditional” foods, consumerism, environmental politics, anthropology of development

Profile: I am currently investigating the ways quinoa producers and development practitioners in the Peruvian highlands negotiate changing agricultural production practices in the context of quinoa commercialization.

Lucy

Lucy Miller
Degree Program: Ph.D., Anthropology

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Brazilian Amazon

Research Interests: Environmental anthropology, political ecology, people and protected areas, rural livelihood change, youth involvement in sustainable development and resource management, identity politics

Profile: My dissertation research addresses the question: What role can be played by smallholder farmers in conservation efforts, given current global trends of rural livelihood diversification and rapid urbanization? The primary goal of my project is to understand how rural-urban mobility affects resource governance, livelihood strategies and rural identity across generations of resource users residing in an environmentally protected area in the Brazilian Amazon.

Samapriya Roy

Samapriya Roy
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Water Resources)

Research Interests: Remote sensing and GIS applications for sub surface drainage detection, surface water flow and urban growth relationships to change in surface water dynamics

Sudipta Roy

Sudipta Roy
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Education Policy Studies with a concentration in International and Comparative Education)

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Coastal Bangladesh

Research Interest: socio-environmental vulnerability among secondary schools in coastal Bangladesh

Profile: Currently conducting a dissertation research on socio-environmental vulnerability among secondary schools in coastal Bangladesh on Mellon Dissertation Fellowship and American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) Resident Fellowship for 2015-16. Came to IU through a Fulbright scholarship from Bangladesh as Bangla/Bengali language instructor. Organized panels and presented at various international conferences on quality and equity of education, education for environmentally marginalized populations, education for sustainable development, secondary education in coastal Bangladesh, and the concept of vulnerability in the context of schools.

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Tessa Steiniche

Degree programs: PhD program; Bioanthropology

Research interests: environmental endocrinology, landscape ecology, primate ecology and conservation, ecotoxicology, and evolutionary medicine

Anika Tabassum

Anika Tabassum
Degree Program
: M.A, Department of Geography

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Bloomington, IN.

Research Interests:  urban hydrology, sustainable water management, climate change

Profile: Currently working as an Associate Instructor in the Geography department of Indiana University Bloomington. My master’s research is primarily based on identification the impact of urbanization on watersheds and stream in Bloomington.

Landon Yoder

Landon Yoder
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Water Resources)

Research Interests: Human dimensions of global environmental change, agricultural decision making, institutional analysis, governance, and geographic information science.

Profile: Third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography with a minor human dimensions of global environmental change. My research interests focus primarily on the institutional dimensions of global environmental change. My field research explores agricultural water management practices in the context of Everglades water quality restoration.