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