Mollie Chapman is a PhD student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in multi-stakeholder decision-making for environmental resource use in systems such as forestry, fisheries, watersheds, agriculture and marine and coastal management. She has worked and lived in Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Indonesia, California and most recently Switzerland, though she hails originally from a small town in Washington State. Mollie’s PhD research will focus on when and how the often intangible but critically important question of what matters to individuals and communities is included in processes of environmental decision-making.
Originally trained as an ecological anthropologist at Stanford University, Mollie went on to receive a M.S. in Sustainable Development from the University of Basel, where her work focused on the linkages between water quality, pesticide use and the behavior of smallholder farmers in Colombia. She has also worked as a Consultant in Silicon Valley for high tech start-ups hailing from around the world, an organizer for an Indigenous Ecotourism Network in Latin America, and an outreach coordinator for an appropriate technology NGO in Guatemala.
PhD Supervisors: Kai M.A. Chan and Terre Satterfield (both RMES, UBC)