Social media has taken a pervasive role in society ranging from the day to day use by individuals to acting as a way for major media outlets to pick up and generate broadcast content. This has opened a new realm of research that sets out to understand the ways in which social media is redefining every aspect of our society. In my work, I examine the ways in which social media technologies are affecting communication, personal identity, group identity, and culture as a whole.
I began working in this area during my MSc program at Lancaster University (UK). I started with an assignment in a Geoinformatics (GIS) course where I researched the potential of social media, and more broadly mobile technologies, as a source of geospatial information for GIS applications. When it became time for work on my dissertation, I decided to combine concepts gained throughout the program to identify the ways in which social media affected the uptake of environmental information and the resulting online discussion.
Now, my work is at the nexus of sociology and social media technologies. We have seen recently, with the Russian interference of the 2016 US Presidential Election, the prevalence of Fake News, and the western culture fixation on social media, that this new technology is continually revolutionizing the ways in which we interact, obtain information, and engage in politics. Like the advent of the internet, this specific set of technology is redefining our culture. This is what I am currently studying.
I have recently begun writing about this topic on my blog and I am in the very early stages of developing a book outlining the major concepts in this field. My goal is to bridge the communication gap and develop accessible resources for people to learn about the influence of social media, and to be aware of the effects this technology may have on our perception of the world. I hope to continue working on this topic in a future PhD program where I can grow as an individual and researcher.
Today's environmental issues stem from interactions and connections that extend beyond the realm of the natural sciences and lie at the nexus of social, political, economic, and environmental spheres. In fact, identifying sustainable strategies relies on an understanding of these realms and the mitigation of conflicts between them. I focused on this area of sustainable development during the progression of my Environment and Development MSc at Lancaster University (UK). Now, I work more in a different realm, but I continually use my background in this field to teach sustainability courses at the local college.
My past environmental science experience ranges from ecology to agriculture to urban planning. Starting with geology and meteorology courses during my high school days, I originally connected deeply with the field of environmental science and choose to pursue this field in my undergraduate education. Once at Binghamton University, I gained experience with ecology, tropical ecology, biology, animal behavior, water resources management, and environmental planning.
In terms of research experience, I have conducted an ecological survey in Costa Rica, studied crow nest initiation behavior in response to climate change, and have extensively studied sustainable agriculture. Please take a look at his resume to find more information about this past experience.
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