I am a new PhD student working with Kathy Galvin in the GDPE Human-Environment Interactions specialization. I hold a BS in Psychology and Biology from Baker University and a MA in Anthropology from CSU. My thesis research was broadly concerned with the impact of global environmental change on late-Pleistocene human adaptation. Using archaeological site information, GIS, climate datasets, and spatial statistical modeling, we tested hypotheses concerning human distribution and dispersals within late-Pleistocene Central Asia. Since 2010, I have had the opportunity to work as a CSU Research Assistant at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, and most currently at the North Central Climate Center, where I have worked very generally on adaptation and resilience of social-ecological systems in Africa, Mongolia and the US. For my PhD, I will be working with the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR), which will address the major challenges limiting feedstock development, production, logistics, and utilization of beetle-killed trees in the Rockies. My dissertation research will contribute to the regional-scale socio-economic and policy analysis task group. Originally from Kansas, I moved to Colorado in 2007 and have enjoyed living in both the high country and the Front Range. Skiing, hiking, and traveling with my wife and our dog Jake consumes most of my free time.