Research Group

Meet the members of my research group, including current graduate student advisees, undergraduate research assistants, other students on whose thesis committees I serve or with whom I work, and former students.

Current Graduate Students


Sidney Brandhorst is a first year PhD student in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Michigan State University where she studied food security at the university level. In graduate school she hopes to explore the relationship between different environmental shocks in a system and how they impact both the type and level of conflict that happens. More specifically, she is interested in the conflict characteristics of populations that reside in African drylands.


Xin Wang is a PhD student in Sustainability at ASU. She works on dryland sustainability, with particular interest in the effects of natural and anthropogenic processes on dryland ecosystems and landscapes, and how to sustainably utilize the resources in drylands to improve human well-being. Xin is also a member of Landscape Ecology & Sustainability Lab at ASU. She has earned a BS degree in Ecology from Peking University and a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University.


Adrienne Gosnell is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Sustainability. She received her Bachelor of Science in Geography at Arizona State University. Her interests include agroecology, biodiversity retention, resource management, increased efficiency, architecture, regional or temporal culture differences, and effective research communication. She is an advocate for zero waste principles, transdisciplinary applications, and research translation to and from minority languages. Adrienne’s current research focuses on food sovereignty and security by integrating agriculture with other land uses.


Haiyue Fu is an exchange scholar in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She is Associate Professor from Nanjing Agriculture University. She completed her PhD in Cartography and Geographic Information System at Nanjing University where she studied land use land cover change and land use planning. Her current research focuses on spatial planning, land resource management, and sustainable development in urban areas of China.