Paul Berne Burow

PhD Candidate

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Room 115
Greeley Memorial Lab
370 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. Yale University 2023 (Expected)
M.Phil. Yale University
M.E.Sc. Yale University
B.A. University of California, Davis



I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the combined doctoral degree program between the School of the Environment and Department of Anthropology at Yale University. My work examines the cultural dynamics of environmental change in the American West. I study how rural and Indigenous communities are impacted by changing ecosystems on public lands. Landscapes are being reshaped by land use practices and climate change. These changes have profound impacts on the well-being and livelihoods of rural communities. I am interested in how people experience social belonging and navigate place-making under conditions of social and ecological change. I also study environmental governance and how rural communities, Indigenous nations, and federal government agencies interact over contentious land management issues.

My work informs cutting-edge public lands policy and practice for diverse rural communities with strong cultural ties to landscapes across North America’s Intermountain West. My research methods draw from anthropology and the environmental social sciences, using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative approaches including: ethnography, surveys, historical archives, field ecology, and spatial analysis.

Keywords: conservation, culture and politics, environmental governance, environmental justice, ethnoecology, forests and rangelands, indigeneity, multispecies ethnography, political economy, ranching, settler colonialism.

Regions: North America, United States, Native America, American West, California, Nevada.

See *new* work on the social impacts of Covid-19 on the rural US West: http//