Evan is investigating the feedbacks between forest change, livelihoods, and climate in Central America. He is using data analysis, modeling, and stakeholder interviews to understand how forest change affects smallholders in Guatemala and the impact of policies aimed at promoting forest cover in the region. As part of the Development Engineering program at Berkeley, Evan is also working to understand how the development apparatus around climate change and climate expertise influences project implementation and outcomes in Guatemala. Prior to joining ESPM, Evan worked with California farmers to support habitat conservation of endangered species like the monarch butterfly. For his Master’s, he studied with indigenous forestry managers in Oaxaca, Mexico, to evaluate forest change and predict pest outbreaks.