Bio


Briana studies rural land use change and governance, using methods from geography, ecology, and the social sciences. She is currently investigating how public lands livestock grazing is changing in Idaho's High Divide landscape, and the consequences for communities and ecosystems. Before graduate school, she worked as a research associate at Earth Innovation Institute, supporting land use research and policy implementation in the Brazilian Amazon. Previously Briana ran operations at a natural food manufacturing company, and farmed vegetables in Morgan Hill, CA.

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Briana studies rural land use change and governance, using methods from geography, ecology, and the social sciences. She is currently investigating how public lands livestock grazing is changing in Idaho's High Divide landscape, and the consequences for communities and ecosystems.

All Publications


  • Slowing Amazon deforestation through public policy and interventions in beef and soy supply chains SCIENCE Nepstad, D., McGrath, D., Stickler, C., Alencar, A., Azevedo, A., Swette, B., Bezerra, T., DiGiano, M., Shimada, J., da Motta, R. S., Armijo, E., Castello, L., Brando, P., Hansen, M. C., McGrath-Horn, M., Carvalho, O., Hess, L. 2014; 344 (6188): 1118-1123

    Abstract

    The recent 70% decline in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon suggests that it is possible to manage the advance of a vast agricultural frontier. Enforcement of laws, interventions in soy and beef supply chains, restrictions on access to credit, and expansion of protected areas appear to have contributed to this decline, as did a decline in the demand for new deforestation. The supply chain interventions that fed into this deceleration are precariously dependent on corporate risk management, and public policies have relied excessively on punitive measures. Systems for delivering positive incentives for farmers to forgo deforestation have been designed but not fully implemented. Territorial approaches to deforestation have been effective and could consolidate progress in slowing deforestation while providing a framework for addressing other important dimensions of sustainable development.

    View details for DOI 10.1126/science.1248525

    View details for Web of Science ID 000336791200038