STT = St. Thomas Campus,
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
STX = Albert A. Sheen Campus,
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
STJ = St. John Academic Center,
St. John, US Virgin Islands
Areas: natural resource policy; sustainable NRM livelihoods; coupled social-ecological systems; computational social science; complexity, self-organization and social emergence; participation and community decision making.
Abstract of Research: My research strives to emphasize the paramount significance of multi and cross-disciplinary nature of scientific discovery, especially related to coupled human – natural systems of interaction. The study of human dimensions in natural resource management and policy involves understanding the volatile and deeply uncertain nature of human cognition, behavior and action. By the same token, indistinguishable involves embracing the complexity, nonlinearity and dynamic characteristics of interactions among the components of such coupled system. My past, current and future work moves along the following directions: (a) understanding the fundamental elements that shape, formulate and transform collective social cognition, behavior, and action; (b) making sense of complex patterns of interactions in a fundamentally multidimensional universe of real-world interactions, and; (c) understanding the role of multiplicity of scales in natural resource management and their role in livelihoods, wellbeing and social change in general. Finally, an integral dimension of my research integrates engagement, outreach and true participation at the local community and stakeholder level, in a co-research paradigm.
Personal Research Website: www.mindscribble.net