Dr. BurnSilver is an ecological anthropologist by training. Combining facets of livelihoods research, common property theory, and landscape ecology, she takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding change, vulnerability and resilience at the scale of households and communities in social-ecological systems. BurnSilver's work with communities is collaborative and emphasizes bottom-up methods to identify research questions and disseminate research results for decision-making. A former Peace Corps volunteer and agricultural training program coordinator in Mali, West Africa, BurnSilver has conducted fieldwork in Alaska, Kenya, Tanzania, Mali and Inner Mongolia, China. She has ongoing research projects in Mali and Alaska.
- Ph.D., Human Ecology, Colorado State University, 2007
- M.S., Resource Interpretation, Colorado State University, 1997
- B.A., International Relations, Scripps College, 1987