I’m a geographer, social scientist, and professor at Oregon State University. I teach about climate change, resilience and natural resource management and my research focuses on agricultural landscape change, rural sustainability, and land and water conservation from a social-ecological systems perspective. I am especially interested in how laws and institutions evolve to reflect changing geographies and under what conditions they can facilitate transformation in practical, political, and personal spheres. My work reflects a belief that collaborative and interdisciplinary solutions to conservation challenges involving all affected stakeholders are likely to be more durable and equitable than ones that are top-down or purely technical. Most of my projects take place on rural, agricultural, working landscapes involving both public and private lands in the U.S. West, and they all deal with various aspects of environmental governance – the processes of decision-making involved in the control and management of the environment and natural resources. Recent work is focused on regenerative agriculture and the role of inner transformation in social-ecological change.