I conduct research on trust, cooperation, and natural resource management. I completed a Masters degree in International Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC and a PhD in Biological Anthropology at UCLA. During my Masters degree, I conducted an internship at CARES, the Center for Agricultural Research and Environmental Studies, at Hanoi University of Agriculture, in Vietnam. I conducted a survey of social problems in Hoa Binh, northern Vietnam, among two ethnic minority villages, the Tay and the Dzao. During my studies at UCLA, I conducted and published research on the evolution of cooperation and conducted my dissertation research on cooperation and time discounting in Vietnam. After UCLA, I conducted and published research at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, on geographical factors affecting societal trust and corruption. At ANU, I plan to participate in “The Political Ecology of Forest Carbon - mainland Southeast Asia’s new commodity frontier?” and in research on REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and FLEGT (Forest Law, Enforcement, Governance and Trade) in mainland Southeast Asia. I also plan to collaborate on designing a research project to examine the linkages of resource exploitation and societal transformations in the Mekong Region.