Aaron Jeffrey Lira

Aaron Jeffrey Lira

M.S. Student

  aaronlira@tamu.edu

  CSA 203E

Research

My research interests situate around the intersection of social justice and water management, with an emphasis on emotional geographies of place. My project, entitled “Hear no water, speak no water, see no water: A Sensory Ecology approach to place-making and water resources in central Oregon” is a study of the sensory ecologies of place in central Oregon, i.e., farmer’s sensorial experiences of their own lands, water, and region. This work will explore stressors that are changing perceptions of place for farmers in a physical landscape that is not changing. Given mounting concerns about climate change and visions for sustainability within the American agricultural community, this work will detail a regional record of human sensorial experiences in a state of flux. The livelihood transitions seen here are expected globally as water resources become increasingly scarce.

Education

B.S. Environmental Geoscience Texas A&M University 2017
Certificate in Watershed Management

Awards

Glasscock Graduate Research Fellowship, Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research($2000)

Undergraduate High Impact Research Grant, Texas A&M College of Geosciences($3000)

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr. Kathleen O'Reilly

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