Micah V. HarpMHarp Gerber lab website

Sustainability, M.S. Program
2214 N. College Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281

Micah.Harp@asu.edu

 

BACKGROUND

I received my Bachelor’s of Science from Cornell University in Natural Resources where I focused predominantly on population demography and ecological modeling. During my junior year I traveled to Nepal to do research on indigenous forms of forest management, and it was there that I realized modeling human and natural systems as separate entities was inadequate for my interests. After my stay in Nepal, I traveled to Haiti to work as an agro-forestry extension worker, and it was during this time that I decided to focus on environmental issues in developing countries.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am a MS student in Sustainability and the main focus of my research is the representation of human impacts on natural systems in developing areas. I am particularly interested in how developing societies co-evolve with the surrounding ecosystem. Currently I am working on modeling how the growth of subsistence communities might impact a harvested predator-prey system. The tools that I use to construct my models are drawn from theoretical ecology and bio-economics. The union of these two modeling tools yields models that consider humans to be a dynamic component of the system, rather than an exogenous force. The current system that I am examining to test these models is the Gulf of California fishery, in which fisherman and California Sea Lions compete for prey.

 

TEACHING

SOS 110 Sustainable World

 

PRESENTATIONS

Indigenous Forestry in Sikles, Nepal

Tribhuvan University of Nepal 2013, Kirtapur