My work combines approaches from political ecology, critical agrarian studies, and remote sensing to address diverse questions related to agrarian and forest change. I received my PhD in 2017 from UC Berkeley's Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management as a member of the Land Lab and the Potts Lab and supported by a Fulbright Award and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. I also hold a BA, magna cum laude, in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, where I was the 2008 recipient of the Leslie Kilham Johnson Prize for Research Excellence. Before joining the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado at Denver, I worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa and as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Environmental Studies & Sciences at Santa Clara University. Other past lives include: writing instructor at San Quentin Prison; analyst of forest conflict at RECOFTC; researcher of wildlife trade at TRAFFIC; and lead instructor for the Princeton in Asia Summer of Service. I welcome notes from potential students and collaborators, and would love to connect with you if you are working on shared themes.

Lab Members

I am pursuing my MA at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, researching how land cover and land control are changing in rural Indonesia, supported by funding from FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies), the East West Center, and NSF. I received my BS, summa cum laude, in Environmental and Sustainability Science from Cornell University where my senior thesis focused on root distribution in peat bogs. I previously conducted forest ecology research as an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) student with the Veblen Lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder Mountain Research Station and I was a member of the Vegetation Crew at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Outside of academics, I am an experienced rock climber and backpacker and have worked as a climbing instructor and guide, leading people outdoors and helping to educate them about the environment and how to recreate safely in it.

Aloha nui! I am currently working on my PhD at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, understanding coastal wellbeing through the lens of Indigenous healing practices in Oceania. Currently, my research is based along the Kalapana coastline on Hawaiʻi Island, understanding ola (Hawaiian understanding of health and wellbeing) from the lens of Hawaiian medicinal practice, Lāʻau Lapaʻau. I'm humbled to work with the Human-Environment Change Lab to establish best practices in community co-production and place-based, culturally grounded research. Please take a look at my current work! My previous work is centered on bringing Indigenous understanding of place to natural resource management and geospatial analyses of landscape ecology. I am grateful for my previous work with the places and people of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island), Queensland, Australia and of Kuaihelani (Midway Atoll), Papahānaumokuākea.

Andika Nur Perkasa

I am currently working as a researcher with an NSF-funded project on labor migration, large-scale land enclosures, and land change in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. After graduating with a BA in 2016, I have worked as an independent researcher interested in human-environment relations, forest policy, agrarian change, rural livelihoods, and social security initiatives. I received my BA in Anthropology from Brawijaya University, where my thesis focused on the impact of establishing Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park with respect to the cultural landscape of Tenggerese people. I also previously engaged in research on several environmental issues in Indonesia, including the impact of social forestry at West Java, social mapping of the industrial plantation forests in West Kalimantan, and a revitalization of the Karst Area in East Kalimantan. In addition to my research, I write an opinion column for the popular social-movement website in Indonesia that promotes environmental justice, agrarian reform, gender equity, and economic equality.

Agung Prabowo

Armadina Azra

Lab Alumni

From left to right: Lisa Kelley, Jacqueline Dean, Michael Rupić, Gina McGuire

From left to right: Andika Nur Perkasa, Armadina Azra, Lisa Kelley, Agung Prabowo