Grania is a PhD student at the University of East Anglia, working on the project “Following the light: using ‘brightspots’ to prevent future Amazonian fires” with the support of the SeNSS-ARIES Doctoral Training Programme. Taking a multidisciplinary approach across geography, development studies, environmental science, and anthropology, the project focuses within the Brazilian Amazon on areas of forest which that have fared better than previous models anticipated during wildfire events. Combining GIS surveying and ethnographic research methods, the project will seek to identify ecological and eco-social-cultural factors that can explain the relative success of these “brightspot” areas in wildfire events.
Grania holds first class degrees in Environmental Science and Natural History (Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA) and Anthropology (University College Cork, Ireland). She has also worked in research publishing, literary publishing, and the nonprofit sector to promote public engagement with environmental science and philosophy.