I earned my Ph.D. from the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University in 2019. My doctoral work focuses on how formal and informal institutions can incentivize individuals and irrigation agencies to engage in the provision of shared irrigation infrastructure (surface reservoirs, canals, etc.) in the context of India's rapidly declining infrastructure. I integrated economic theory with coupled human-natural models to generate policy prescriptions that can help decision-makers achieve efficient outcomes in irrigation reform.
Currently, I am employed as a Postdoctoral Associate in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation at University of Montana. I will join University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology as Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Policy at the River Basin Center in Fall 2022. My work examines the conservation efforts of rangeland owners in the states of Nebraska and Montana. In collaboration with biophysical and social scientists, I utilize ego-network surveys and social network analysis to characterize the determinants of individuals' adaptation to undesirable ecosystem transitions. I am also engaged in empirical research on groundwater management institutions in India and Nebraska, and the drivers of alternative energy policy in the United States.