Beaches, People and Change on the Rockaway Peninsula

Continuing with the ethnographic fieldwork (interviews, participant observation, media analysis) that I began in 2012, first as a research assistant to and now collaborator with Leigh Graham (John Jay College), this project investigates coastal climate adaptation amongst the communities on the Rockaway peninsula. This work contributes to critical discussions on the social sustainability of beaches and socio-historical and socio-environmental histories of the racialization of space as they are produced and reproduced in climate change adaptation efforts.

Place Disturbance Above and Below the Water: Bay values and the Construction of Power Plant Cooling Towers

This interdisciplinary and collaborative research project with Dr. Aaron Ley (Political Science, University of Rhode Island) and Dr. Katherine Lacasse (Psychology, Rhode Island College) investigates the place disruptive interpretations of residents and users of Mt. Hope Bay. The goal of this mixed-methods research (survey, interviews and media analysis) is to learn about interpretations of large scale energy infrastructure (closed cycle cooling towers) and resultant support or conflict with the construction of the towers.

StewMap Narragansett Bay

Stewardship mapping is a rigorous and standardized methodology for understanding stewardship networks in urban settings, created by researchers at the NYC Urban Field Station. Presently an expanding research project led by myself and Curtis Spalding (Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University), this project aims to investigate the Narragansett Bay watershed stewardship social network. Applied contributions include capacity building amongst stewardship groups throughout the watershed, and we will compare Narragansett Bay watershed stewardship network dynamics with other cities as well as network dynamics throughout the watershed.