Dr. Yager’s research is focused on the social and ecological impacts of climate change in the Andes of South America. Her transdisciplinary research examines coupled social ecological systems (SES) and land cover land use change (LCLUC) in mountain environments.
Combining remote sensing analysis, alpine vegetation studies, peatland research, and ethnographic fieldwork with indigenous pastoralists, Yager’s current projects are focused on the impact of disappearing tropical glaciers on pastoral agriculture and water resources, as well as deciphering the climate and societal drivers of peatland dynamics and mountain land cover change in the Andes. Recent research is funded by the NASA LCLUC ROSES program, CONICYT (La Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, Chile), and the National Geographic Society.
Yager completed her doctoral degree in Anthropology (Cultural Ecology) from Yale University and postdoctoral research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Biospheric Sciences).
Dr. Yager is currently Assistant Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, New York. She teaches courses on Systems and Models, Global Environmental Change, and the Anthropocene.
Research Specialties Global Environmental Change, Systems Theory, Remote Sensing, Land Cover and Land Use Change, Social Ecology and Landscape Theory, Socio-Ecological Systems (SES), Remote sensing of Glacier Change, Andean Studies, Indigenous Peoples, Pastoral Societies, Alpine and Peatland Vegetation, Mountain Ecology, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Social Science Applications of Remote Sensing, Climate Change Education and Outreach, Anthropocene, Protected Parks and People, Sustainability Studies, Coupled Natural-Human Systems, Mountain Water Resources, Transdisciplinary Research