Background Framing Question: To what extent can social capital create concrete connections that could be utilized in a disaster? Social capital, or the resources available to people through their social networks, is argued to be “the strongest and most robust predictor of population recovery after catastrophe” (Aldrige 2011). Social capital, especially when organized with a community […]
Situating Environmental Problems & Solutions
This class is an "advanced analysis of environmental problems and solutions, situating them in time, space, and biophysical/human context to provide greater appreciation for their complexity as well as to help devise successful responses." We develop our concentrations, carry out a situated research project, and discuss how to go about addressing many of the problems we've been talking about in previous core classes.
I will meet with important place-based/indigenous education people from the grad school (Greg Smith, Liza Finkel, Se-ah-dom Edmo) to discuss potential readings and/or questions to add to my concentration I will revisit my concentration questions and modify them as needed, taking into account some questions I’ve encountered while in New Zealand and in my science […]
I briefly talked to Rebecca about her thesis during the poster celebration, but I’ve been in contact with her throughout the process so it was interesting to hear her thoughts and advice about writing a thesis. I can say I saw her in the highs and lows of the process, which was nice to experience […]
After months of hard work, I’m so excited to confirm that I’ll be going back to New Zealand this summer to do research that will hopefully be for my thesis!! It definitely wasn’t an easy process, but I think one of the reasons it was so difficult was because I basically re-vamped my whole concentration. […]
Place-based education has been an interest of mine for a while now, but recently I have felt like I’ve been aimlessly swimming around in the same pool of water with no exchange of ideas. Recently I met with Greg Smith, Jessica Kleiss, and Jim Proctor to throw around ideas for possible thesis research this summer […]
I’ve had a few thoughts about focusing my concentration more since my last post. I have plans to try to get back to New Zealand this summer to do more research, so I’ve been thinking of ways to expand my experiences from the fall, and perhaps move forward with research for my thesis. The only […]