Lab Team

Meet our lab team…

Postdoctoral Fellow

Gordon Ulmer is a Post-doctoral Fellow with Southern Methodist University (SMU) Anthropology. He is an environmental and economic anthropologist whose research focuses on topics involving ecotourism, extractive economies, urban ecologies and infrastructures, and global development. He was awarded the Fulbright-Hays DDRA to support his doctoral work,  which investigated how households in Amazonia Peru adapt to global processes involving resource extraction and biodiversity conservation. He will earn his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in 2018 and join the MERA team in May. 


Graduate Student

Megan Brown is a doctoral student in the medical anthropology program at SMU. Her interests include the shifting patterns of health and disease in areas of environmental transition, social cohesion in times of disaster, and the morality of cost-effectiveness. Visit her webpage here.

Undergraduate Students

Katherine Linares is an undergraduate research assistant in the Cairns Lab. She is majoring in environmental studies with minors in anthropology and psychology. In Spring 2017, she studied abroad in Costa Rica, where she studied sustainable development. Katherine is a Mustang Scholar, a member of SMU’s Multicultural Greek Council, and a Peer Advisor for SMU Abroad.

Prospective Students

The Cairns lab is a new and growing anthropology research lab. If you are an undergraduate student at SMU or a prospective graduate student interested in joining the lab, please reach out to Dr. Cairns directly.