Funded PhD Position on Cultural Adaptation to Climate Change

Announcing a newly funded PhD position to develop models of human cultural evolution under the influence of climate change and apply those models to a large data set on farming practices in rural communities in the northeast. Tasks include developing theoretical models of cultural adaptation to the effects of climate change, fitting and calibrating those models based on data assembled as part of this research project, and using the models to make predictions to help rural communities and policy makers understand and anticipate the needs of adapting to climate change.

The position is part of a newly funded $4 million collaborative research project with the on how both rural human communities and species populations will respond to challenges posed by climate change

>> See the announcement: PhD on Cultural Adaptation to Climate Change



Prospective Graduate Students

I am always looking for creative, hardworking students interested in quantitative approaches to studying the dynamics of human culture and cooperation in environmental contexts. I accept graduate students through a number of programs: Ecology and Environmental Science (Masters or PhD),  Anthropology and Environmental Policy (PhD),  and Economics (Masters).

Support for graduate students comes from research projects and grants, or from scholarships, fellowships, or assistantships awarded based on merit. For example, each year the School of Economics awards research assistantships (RAs) to top applicants.  Current opportunities include:

Current Students


Taylor Lange PhD student, Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Antonio Jurlina, Economics Masters student.


Sujan Chakraborty PhD student, Anthropology



Afton Hupper, Honors student, Ecology and Environmental Sciences



Ethan Tremblay, MA Economics, Analyst at DNV GL



Sandra Goff, Assistant professor, Evolutionary and Behavioral Economics, Skidmore College



Abigail Sullivan, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Fellow, Indiana University, Bloominton



Johanna BarrettBlue Hill Heritage Trust