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Cascade Tuholske

Department of Geography
UC Santa Barbara
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Graduate Student Fellow

I am a PhD student in Geography at UCSB curious to understand human-environment dynamics in the developing world. Through the lens of improving development policy, my research leverages a combination of remote sensed imagery analysis, structured and semi-structured interviews, government datasets, and statistical modeling. My dissertation measures and maps the environmental and socioeconomic determinants of inter-urban food security within Accra, Ghana. This research couples remote-sensing with household surveys and qualitative research methods. By investigating urbanization, poverty, and food security, I seek to advance our scientific understanding of these links to ultimately build policies that ensure food security across West Africa, and around the world.

I recently completed an applied remote sensing study of land use-cover change in Roatán, Honduras, between 1985 and 2015. Specially, I compare the effects of recent hyper urbanization and tourism development to Hurricane Mitch on mangrove deforestation. This study is a part of broader, integrated public health, epidemiological, medical and environmental research, led by UCSF, in Roatán. My preliminary results were featured on Nasa's Earth Observatory website (see link below). 

I grew up in Missoula, Montana, and attended The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. My prior work experience is global in perspective, ranging from Montana to Washington, D.C. to Ghana to Eastern Europe, a mix of volunteer and paid positions with international NGOs, on Capitol Hill and for political campaigns. In 2011, I received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research in Sliven, Bulgaria.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

Earth Research Institute Graduate Fellowship - 2017. $1,500.00 

U.S. Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security - 2016. $23,835.00

Broom Center Graduate Research and Travel Grant - 2015, 2016, 2017

Fulbright Scholar - Sliven, Bulgaria 2011-2012.

 

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Broom Center Publications
In Press. Ervin D., Tuholske, C., and D. López-Carr. 2018.
"The Geography of Malnutrition."
Food and Place: A Critical Exploration, edited by Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando Bosco. Washington, DC: Rowman and Littlefield
In Review Tuholske, C., Tane, Z., López-Carr, D., Roberts, D., & Cassels, S.
"Thirty Years of Land Use/Cover Change in the Caribbean: Assessing the Relationship between Urbanization and Mangrove Loss in Roatán, Honduras"
Applied Geography
Brooks, T., Roy-Burman Bloch, A., Tuholske, C, Busch, M., Bakkour, S., Stone, M., Linnen, J. M., Gao, K., Coleman, J., & Bloch, E. 2017.
"Real-Time Evolution of Zika Virus Disease Outbreak, Roatán, Honduras."
Emerging Infectious Disease-CDC, 23(8).
Ervin, Daniel, Cascade Tuholske, and David López-Carr. 2017 in press.
"Hunger: poverty, inequality, and vulnerability."
Food and Place: A Critical Exploration, edited by Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando Bosco. Washington, DC: Rowman and Littlefield. 
Tuholske C., López-Carr D., and D. Roberts. In press. 
"Anthropogenic impacts on Roatán, Honduras: 30 Years of Land-Cover and Land-Use Change."
Plurimondi. An International Forum for Research and Debate on Human Settlements: Special Issue: Proceedings of The XIX European Colloquium in Theoretical and Quantitative Geography (ECTQG2015).