Affiliated students

Chris Barton

Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD Program

Chris is working on his PhD in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (AKA Science and Technology Studies). His research explores the ways that different scientific and professional communities generate and use knowledge, and the impact that this has on their ability to communicate, collaborate, and work together on complex sustainability problems. He has a BS in Sustainability from ASU and an MA in Global Affairs and Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Gabby Lout

Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD Program

Gabby graduated with a B.S. in Marine and Conservation Biology from Seattle University and received a M.A. in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University. By melding together the quantitative and qualitative aspects of marine conservation and sustainability, she is committed to bridging the gap between the natural and social sciences. In all of her work, she is interested in finding innovative solutions for the complex socio-ecological challenges our marine environment is facing and protect the people who depend on it most. Her current work at ASU is focused on the human rights and conservation nexus, designing and implementing interventions that are socioeconomically suitable and support the sustainable use of fisheries resources.

Graduate Student Kate WeissKate Weiss

Environmental Life Sciences PhD Program

Kate Weiss is a PhD student working with Dr. Beckett Sterner of ASU and Dr. Jan Schipper of the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo. Her work seeks to understand urbanization’s impact on mammal communities, species interactions, and human-wildlife conflict. Specifically, she focuses on how cities influence coyote distributions, biology, and interactions with other middle-sized carnivores, especially pets. By understanding how and why coyotes occupy urban spaces, she hopes her work will inform urban wildlife management that supports the needs of people while also considering the unique ecological benefits coyotes provide urban systems.

Katherine Ball

Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD Program

Katherine is working on her PhD in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology. Her work merges her background in oceanography (B.S. University of Washington) and Science Policy (MSTP Arizona State University). Studying marine policy within the United States Katherine focuses on how communities are or are not engaged with policy implementation. She aims to understand how community engagement is restricted by government knowledge production systems. Her current work focuses on marine mammal subsistence in the state of Alaska. The work examines the state and federal government structures from feminist standpoints to understand how differences are resolved to implement the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Graduate student Kyle Strongin

Sustainability PhD Program
I am interested in the effects current fishing practices and invasive species have on the marine food web. Currently, I am focusing on the Gulf of Mexico, but would like to better understand how these pressures are affecting various marine food webs on a global scale. I am combining this research with marine conservation efforts, specifically IUCN Red Listing and the current conservation status of marine fishes.

I am a native New Mexican who fell in love with the ocean at an early age. I earned a B.S. in Marine Biology, a B.S. in Biomedical Science, and an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. My career path was not a straight one due to my husbands military career. I taught various college science courses while we traveled around the country eventually landing at Arizona State University. Now I am able to pursue my Ph.D. in a more permanent situation. I have 2 little boys that I love dearly and hope to use my work to teach them the importance of our ecosystems.

Leah Jones

Sustainability PhD Program

I earned my B.S. in environmental science at the University of Virginia and my M.S. in Sustainability at Arizona State University. My research focuses on understanding collaboration within food-energy-water nexus governance for urban resource security.


Graduate student Ute Brady

Ute Brady

School of Human Evolution and Social Change PhD Program

Ute is interested in the interaction of global institutions and local socio-ecological systems (SES), in particular with regard to the effects of sustainable/subsistence use exceptions on endangered species’ protections and socio-economic conditions. She also studies small-scale fisheries, environmental ethics and environmental justice, and institutional diversity and polycentricity in governance.