• PhD Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara              2019- Present
    • UC Chancellor’s Fellow
  • MRes Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge                                            2017- 2018
    • Marshall Scholar
    • Master of Research
    • Thesis- Burning Forests: Knowledge, Environment, and Milpa Farming in the Maya Lowlands of Mexico
  • MSc Sustainability, Culture, and Development, Durham University                     2016-2017
    • Marshall Scholar
    • Master of Science
    • Thesis- Silencing Forests: The Political Ecology of Biocultural Survival in the Yucatán
  • BA Anthropology, Kansas State University                                                                2012-2016
  • Languages
    • English (native), Spanish (proficient), Portuguese (learning)

Publications and Presentations


  • “The Fallacy of the Fallows” (In the works)
  • “Forgotten Collections: Ethnobotanical Findings of the 1898 Cambridge Expedition to the Torres Strait” Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, (In the works).
  • “Cultivating Culture: Youth Food Movement in Taos Pueblo” Crossing Borders: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship, (January 2017).
  • To Live in This World” Journal of Video Ethnography, (October 2015).


  • “Climate Change Denial in the Age of Megafires” LA Times (October 2020).
  • “A Note from the Fireline” The Drift (October 2020).
  • “La Frontera” (Forthcoming).
  • “The Long Way to Sarajevo” The Expeditioner (February 2019).
  • “The (Un)natural Disaster of California Fires” The Santa Barbara Independent (November 2018).
  • “Farming in Maya Forests” Permaculture Magazine (June 2018).
  • “Sustainable Cuba: The Future of Urban Farms” Permaculture Magazine (January 2017).
  • “Coca-Colonization and Christmas Cheer in Mexico” Global SL International Development Blog (November 2015).
  • “A Seed to Save the World” Popular Resistance, (April 2015).


  • “The Americas Ablaze: How Social and Cultural Processes Fight and Fuel the Planet’s Fires.” Panel Organizer and Presenter. Late Breaking Session. American Anthropological Association Conference, Vancouver, Canada, November 2019.
  • “Fighting Fires, Battling Natures: Ontology in California’s Wildfires.” Changing Climates, American Anthropological Association Conference, Vancouver, Canada, November 2019.
  • “The Ethnobotany of Resistance in Southern Mexico.” Guest lecture for Environmental Anthropology course, University of California, Santa Barbara 2019
  • Biocultural Legacies: Blurring the Lines of Biological and Cultural Loss and Conservation in the Maya Lowlands of Mexico.” People and Environment, Royal Anthropological Institute, Bristol, UK, September 2018.
  • Cultivating Culture: Youth Food Movement in the Taos Pueblo Community.” Ecological Perspectives, Central States Anthropological Society Conference, Kansas City, MO, April 2016.
  • “To Live in this World.” Ethnografilm Festival, Paris, France, April 2015.
  • Creating Balance: Continuity and Productivity in a Volunteer Farming Community.” Central States Anthropological Society Conference, Normal, Illinois, April 2014.


  • “Burning Forests.” Cambridge University Photography Exhibition, Cambridge, UK, September 2018.
  • Towards a ‘Question-Oriented’ Education.” Kansas State SPOTLIGHT, Manhattan, KS, April 2016.
  • Youth Food Movements.” Posters at the Capitol, Topeka, KS, February 2016.
  • Going South: Journeys from a College Gap Year.” TEDx Fueling Human Existence event, Manhattan, KS, 2015.
  • Innovation and Inspiration Launch.” Innovation and Inspiration Philanthropy Campaign, 1700 people in audience, Manhattan, KS, October 2015.
  • Insights from a Bicycle Journey through Latin America.” Rotaract Society, Manhattan, KS, 2015.
  • To Live in this World.” Kansas State SPOTLIGHT event, Manhattan, KS, March 2015. Spoke about documentary research.
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