Alana is the recipient of this year’s Graduate Student Research Award and will receive $500 to support her research. She was also elected to be Student at Large of the Association of American Geographers' Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group.
Alana is affiliated with the Rutgers Geography Land Change Science Research Group, working on a dissertation titled Beyond Deforestation: Dynamics of tropical forest regeneration and land use in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, Mexico. Alana’s research examines how tropical forest regeneration is driven by the feedback between biophysical properties and land use in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, Mexico. Through her research she has seen how researchers and community members can work together to creatively understand and address the dynamic nature of environmental change.