As the effects of climate change make themselves felt across the Global South, the survival of wild landscapes, wild animals and people struggling for freedom from need is evolving as the conservation challenge of our time.1 My goal is to better understand the interdependence of human communities, changing landscapes and wildlife in the developing world; the ways in which climatic shifts and poverty threaten these relationships; and to help poor and marginalized communities to find freedom through productive, socially beneficial livelihoods that respect and conserve their environmental and cultural heritage. I am building my career around field-based, solution-oriented research that has timely outcomes for practice and policy in the developing world.
WORK IN PROGRESS
Abigail R. Dan, Jeanine Rhemtulla, Joleen Timko. “They look at land like a line item:” Assessing the Social and Ecological Barriers to Forest Restoration in Southern Malawi. (planned submission to Environmental Science & Policy)
Agnes Grönvall, Abigail R. Dan, Nina Morrell, Kai M.A. Chan. Operationalizing Environmental Science for the Resistance: Critiquing the Science Behind the Proposed Reindeer Cull. (planned submission to Ecology and Society)
Abigail R. Dan, Colleen Hatfield, Vassilisa Derugin. Using Geospatial Data to Explain Landscape Preferences of Predators and Prey in Restored Sacramento River Riparian Forest. (planned submission to San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science)