I am a human-environment geographer who studies how human systems interact with biophysical processes. Tying my research themes together is a critical interest in understanding how institutions, mainly markets and policy, interact with actors such as farmers, planners, builders to shape the landscape. This research is necessarily integrative and trans-disciplinary. These interests reflect both my personal passions and the broader goals of the academy by addressing the critical question: what is and what ought to be our relationship with nature? Four foci drive my research: tropical agriculture and environmental change, natural resource conservation strategies, global environmental change, vulnerability to risks and hazards, and theories of nature-society relationships. I contribute to the array of geographies and interdisciplinary foci addressing human-environment relationships through independent and collaborative research.