J.T. studies environmental governance by examining the relationships between people, forests, and commodity production. He is currently a post-doctoral research fellow with the Environmental Studies Department at Dartmouth College. His interdisciplinary research combines qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze policy content, primary interview and survey data, population census information, and remotely sensed land cover imagery. Through this mixed-methods approach, he examines how rules, laws, and conservation projects influence the drivers of forest cover change, improved rural well-being, and enhanced commodity production. His research has been funded by the Fulbright Program, the Social Science Research Council, and the Borlaug Center for Food Security, among others.
He received a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment in 2018, an M.Phil in Geography from the University of Oxford School of Geography and Environment in 2013, and a B.A. Environmental Studies and Philosophy from Miami University in 2008. In addition, J.T. has over five years of experience living in rural, forest proximate communities on the Navajo Nation and in Indonesia.