Cara Steger

I am an incoming PhD student working with Julia Klein and Paul Evangelista. My work draws of theories of complexity science to engage at the intersection of human and physical ecology. For my dissertation, I will use participatory modeling approaches to study natural resource use in the southern highlands of Ethiopia. After my B.S. in Forest Science (University of Illinois), I served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. I then received my Master's degree from the University of Michigan, with a thesis that tested the reliability of data produced by tourists as citizen scientists in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve. Since then I have been working as a modeler on Great Lakes issues (e.g. harmful algal blooms, invasive mussels) at the University's Water Center. I enjoy traveling, hiking, sewing and painting, and I am thrilled to be moving out west!