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I am interested in the abundance and distribution of design concerns and their interactions.Â Studying, organizing, and using them to facilitate better decision making towards positive futures. This is what I call design ecology.Â I look for opportunities to develop problem solve and catalyze organizational change at the intersections of public (whose?) health, next generation infrastructures, decision support tools, education, and new media.
At the heart of technology and foresight is a desire to align tools, their outcomes, and the preferred goals of their users. I’m passionate about the effects of our tools and the built environment on perception, behavior, and the adaptive capacity of human and non-human populations. My work focuses on these interactions as a nexus of ecology, infrastructure, design, organizations, learning, and public health outcomes. When coupled with holistic strategies like systems and network approaches, these domains are inseparable and critical for resilience.
However, human conceptual differences remain a key driver and obstacle for defining shared goals across these domains, particularly as climate variability amplifies its impacts on health outcomes.
Foresight technologies and practices have been a core research area for me. Drawing on my work as a designer, biologist, and facilitator, my experience helps support diverse community collaborations around information and knowledge-networks, risk assessment and coordination, communications around resource availability, skills development, conceptual change, and organization through trust and cooperation across boundaries.
Before joining IFTF’s Technology Horizons Program, I helped launch the Next-Generation Infrastructure Lab at Bangalore’s Center for Study of Science, Technology, and Public Policy, India’s first research lab for gaming and simulation around complex socio-technological systems. I led social media-based projects aimed at civic engagement around water, public health, and infrastructure. I researched the political, technological, and energy dependencies of agricultural supply chains in the Indian states of Andra Pradesh and Karnataka and provided consultation and guidance for the development of rich, interactive simulations, gameful experiences, and social media engagement for disaster preparedness, emergency response, and energy foresight in cooperation with multiple branches of the Indian Government, NGOs, and industry.
I am a founding faculty artist-in-residence at the Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA), a graduate program in the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology and a former research fellow at the UCLA Art|Sci Center.
I studied Art and Design (MFA) at the University of Michigan and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (MA, BA) at Indiana University, Bloomington. My thesis at Indiana determined sex-based trade-offs in reproductive allocation, population dynamics, and parasite resistance among infected and uninfected snail hosts. At Michigan I explored conceptual taxonomies across life sciences, religious practices, and organismal development.