I am a Geographer pursuing a PhD in Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. I also have an MFA, with a methodological focus on social practice and community engagement. My scholarship addresses the affect of geopolitics on animal husbandry and cultural production in Eastern Europe, and remote island communities. I have conducted extensive research on islands in the North Atlantic and Baltic Regions, as well as metaphorical cultural islands encompassing indigenous histories resulting from colonialization. I secondarily attend to the affect of global food security and economic viability in these specialized locations.