Jason Brown grew up in Southern California and studied anthropology and International Development as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His graduate work resulted in dual master’s degrees from the Yale School of Forestry and the Yale Divinity School. Past research and publications have ranged from Mormon Eco-theology, sacred forests, traditional communal forest management in Guatemala to perceptions of ecology in Orange County. As a doctoral student under Terre Satterfield and John Robinson of IRES and CIRS he will be studying the meanings, theology, stories and management of monastic landscapes in North America. He is also widely interested in issues of sacred ecology, cosmology, sacred sites and sustainable forest management.
Thesis title: Perceptions and Management of Land-based Monastic Landscapes in North America