About Niki

Niki is a postdoctoral researcher exploring the relative influences of forest management and climate change on the future of U.S. forests at regional and continental scales. She completed her dissertation in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona in early 2019, titled, "Incentives, Livelihoods, and Forest Ecology: Payments for Ecosystem Services in Guatemala's Western Highlands."

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  • environmental governance
  • rural livelihoods
  • payments for ecosystem services
  • natural resource management
  • interdisciplinary methodologies in the fields of critical physical geography and political ecology


M.A., School of Geography and Development - University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona,

Ph.D., Geography - School of Geography and Development
Tucson, Arizona,

B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Rice University
Houston, Texas,