Welcome. My name is Lizzy Hare and I am an environmental anthropologist and anthropologist of science. I am a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Most broadly, I am interested in landscapes and deep time.
My current research project explores how computational models of landscapes inform and are informed by conceptual models of landscapes that are rooted in histories and empirical engagements with the land. The fieldwork for this project took me to Northwest Indiana, where I worked with a group of scientists who were developing an ecological forecast model that uses paleoecological data to forecast future landscape change, and a group of conservationists who were using that data to inform land management practices. My dissertation explores the competing narratives and ethical claims about what this landscape once was and what it could and should be in the future.
When I’m not researching, writing, or teaching I try to spend as much time as possible outdoors. I grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and have enjoyed that my time at UC Santa Cruz has allowed me to return to the mountains for annual backpacking excursions.