Meet our lab team…
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.
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.
We will soon welcome Aaron D’Eramo, an SMU senior majoring in anthropology and dance, to the lab! Aaron was in Dr. Cairns’ Humanity & Global Environmental Change class in Spring 2017.
Cairns Lab Alumni
Katherine Linares was an undergraduate research assistant in the Cairns Lab in Spring 2018. She is majored in environmental studies with minors in anthropology and psychology. Katherine is a Mustang Scholar, a member of SMU’s Multicultural Greek Council, and a Peer Advisor for SMU Abroad. Katherine is now a Master’s student in SMU’s Sustainability & Development Program. She interned in Summer 2018 with the North Central Texas Council of Governments Environment & Development department.
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.