My research interests sit in the intersections of location and logistical media, earth and environmental sciences, and climate finance. I use ethnographic methods to study how cartographers, forestry modellers, and drone technologists visualize forest cover change in Indonesia with the aim of streaming higher resolution counting. I am particularly interested in how a visualization’s accuracy, tied to logics of informational uncertainty, come to characterize the operations of real-time data for more precise modeling, marketing, and investing in averted emissions.
Treating accuracy as a material process that inspires meaningful mathematical work in cartography and data visualization, my dissertation project elaborates on the matter of equivalence and the form it takes in carbon financing. Are visual representations of forest life and its attendant calculations for carbon credits simply reductions that permit a generalized abstraction of truth for comparison across domains? My project considers the apparent representational and analytic breakdowns that make explict the affective and moral investments its market designers have cultivated in their experimentations with environmental governance.
I am a member of the Precarity Lab and Tech Culture Matters at the College of Literature, Science and the Arts and School of Information in University of Michigan. In addition, I co-direct and manage a physical interaction design lab, DoIIIT and a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop, Making Sensory Ethnography.
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