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Sarah Ebel

*Sarah Ebel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Graveley 156


Dr. Sarah Ebel is an environmental anthropologist who is broadly interested in the interactions between cultural, socio-political, and ecological systems which affect governance and decision- making under the context of adaptation to environmental change. She specializes in the intersection between governance, adaptation, and social well-being, analyzing the relationships between individuals, institutions, and the ecosystem at different scales in politicized natural resource contexts undergoing environmental change. Her work focuses on understanding opportunities for the transformation of governance and adaptation in a rapidly changing oceanscape in southern Chile. She is also part of a National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant, “Genes to the Environment: Modeling, Mechanisms, and Mapping (GEM3) at Idaho State where she works with a socio-ecological systems team to examine the opportunities and barriers to adaptation of stakeholders and land use and riparian habitat policies in Idaho. Through these research opportunities, she seeks to understand the complex factors which facilitate or impede individual and institutional adaptation in communities dependent upon natural resources. Her intention with this work to inform environmental governance and adaptation pathways to achieve resilient socio-ecological systems.

Dr. Ebel has spent most of her life in Maine and New England and is excited to start a new chapter in Idaho! Outside of work, she spends most of her time outside with her husband and dogs, and is an avid fly fisherman, mountain biker, and gardener. Dr. Ebel received her Ph.D. from the University of Maine in Anthropology and Environmental Policy. She loves working with students, and if you are undergraduate or graduate student interested in environmental anthropology, environmental policy, Latin America, the Western USA, and natural resource management, please feel free to reach out.


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