I am an educator and researcher specializing in human-environment relations, urban resilience and sustainability, and social-ecological systems thinking. I am currently Director and Assistant Professor of the Human Ecology program at Life University, and hold a PhD in Human Geography from the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the CUNY Graduate Center. I am also an Urban Studies Foundation International Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Summer 2021) based in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. At FIU I am affiliated with the Institute of Environment, Sea Level Solutions Center, and am co-lead of the NSF-funded Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research Project Human Dimensions working group. Previously I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at The New School and taught urban and environmental studies and planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Environmental Studies Program at Queens College.
My books include Anthropocene Back Loop: Experimentation in Unsafe Operating Space (Open Humanities Press) and Resilience in the Anthropocene: Governance and Politics at the End of the World (Routledge, co-edited with David Chandler and Kevin Grove), and I frequently publish articles in academic and cultural journals including Political Geography, Geography Compass, Geoforum, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Place, and e-flux architecture. I am completing a new book, Urbanization in the Anthropocene, which critically analyzes experimental sea rise adaptations in Miami. Along with scholarly publication and teaching, I frequently work with government organizations, community groups, art institutions and nonprofits to explore experimental sustainability planning and community resilience design.