Curriculum Vitae

Laura Dev

Gardner 251 | University of Wisconsin-Platteville  | Platteville, WI 53818  |  (650) 455-0237


Assistant Professor | January 2022-Present
University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Environmental Sciences and Society Department

Postdoctoral Scholar in Public Political Ecology | 2020 – 2022
University of California, Merced

Management of Complex Systems Department | Mentor: Tracey Osborne 


Ph.D. | Environmental Science, Policy & Management | July 2020
University of California, Berkeley

Society & Environment Division

Dissertation title: “Plants & Pathways: More-than-human worlds of power, knowledge, and healing”

Committee: Nancy Lee Peluso (Chair), Carolyn Merchant, Charles Briggs

Examination Fields: (1) Political Ecology of Forest Resources; (2) Indigenous and Feminist Science and Technology Studies (STS); (3) Environmental Anthropology and Multispecies Ethnography; (4) Amazonian Ethnobotany

M.S. | Graduate Degree Program in Ecology | May 2012
Colorado State University

Thesis title: “Timing is important: The seasonality of precipitation can influence how ecosystems respond to grazing”

Advisors: Julia Klein, Cynthia S. Brown

B.S. | Biology and Mathematics | May 2006
Tufts University

magna cum laude


Postdoctoral Research | 2020 – 2022
University of California | Merced, CA

Kawsay Ñampi: Indigenous-led Climate Change Mitigation in the Amazon Rainforest | PI: Tracey Osborne

Asesor – Community-Based Participatory Research & Facilitation | 2017 – 2019                      
Alianza Arkana | Pucallpa, Peru

Farmacia Viva Indígena Sanken Yaka: Living Indigenous Pharmacy Medicinal Forest Preserve in the Shipibo Community of Paoyhan

NSF East Asia & Pacific Summer Institute | 2011
Institute of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Research | Nam Tso, Tibet

“Grazing and climate change: Does the timing of seasonal water availability influence sensitivity to yak grazing on the Tibetan Plateau?”

Graduate Student Researcher | 2010 – 2011
Shortgrass Steppe Long-Term Ecological Research Station (LTER) | Nunn, CO

Nutrient Network Experiment | PIs: Cynthia Brown and Julia Klein

Biological Sciences Technician | 2009
USDA Agricultural Research Service | Fort Collins, CO

Rangeland Resource Research Unit, Prairie Heating and CO2 Enrichment (PHACE) Experiment | PI: Dana Blumenthal


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Laura Dev, Karly Marie Miller, Lauren Withey, Juliet Lu, Tracy Hruska. “Ambiguous Spaces, Empirical Traces: Accounting for Ignorance when Researching Around the Illicit.” Progress in Human Geography (2022)

Laura Dev. “Healing in the Chthulucene: Becoming Beyond Human with Medicinal Plants.” Dialogue and Universalism, 29 no. 3 (November 2019)

Ashton Wesner, Sophie Sapp Moore, Jeff Vance Martin, Gabi Kirk, Laura Dev, and Ingrid Behrsin. “Left Coast Political Ecology: A Manifesto.” Journal of Political Ecology 26, no. 1 (October 6, 2019): 529–44.

Laura Dev. “Plant Knowledges: Indigenous Approaches and Multispecies Listening Toward Decolonizing Ayahuasca Research,” in Labate, Beatriz C. & Cavnar, Clancy (Eds). Plant Medicines, Healing and Psychedelic Science: Cultural Perspectives. (Cham: Springer, 2018)

In Review

Juliet Lu, Laura Dev, Margiana Petersen-Rockney. “Criminalized Crops: Environmentally-justified illicit crop interventions and the cyclical marginalization of smallholders.” Political Geography (Revise & Resubmit 2022)

In Preparation

Tracey Osborne, Laura Dev, Silvia Cifuentes, Marcelo Santos daRocha Silva, Elisa Marchi, Seanna Howard, Lauren Withey. “The Climate Justice Imperative for Tropical Forests: Key Lesson from the Amazon.” WIRES Climate Change.

Laura Dev. Interspecies Entwinements. Monograph aimed at an academic press.


Brian Ikaika Klein, Stephanie Postar, Laura Dev, Hilary Faxon, and Matthew Libassi. “How COVID is Reconfiguring Labor in Extractive Industries.” Edge Effects Magazine. (October 14, 2021).

Paul Roberts and Laura Dev, “Learning from the Peruvian Amazon,” Val Hammond Research Report. (West Sussex, UK: Roffey Park Institute, 2016).


UW-Platteville Sustainability Award | UW-Platteville | 2022

Student Research and Engagement Fund | UW-Platteville | 2022

Sustainable Forestry Continuing Fellowship | ESPM, UC Berkeley | 2019

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award | UC Berkeley | 2019

Community Engaged Research Award | Graduate Diversity Council | 2018

Graduate Student Award | Association of Environmental Professionals | 2018

College of Natural Resources Summer Fellowship | UC Berkeley | 2018

Distinguished Fellows Video Competition – Third Place | UC Berkeley | 2017

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship – Shipibo | UC Berkeley | 2015

James Duke Ethnobotanical Fellowship | ACEERS | 2014

Berkeley Graduate Fellowship | UC Berkeley | 2012

Graduate Research Fellowship | NSF | 2011

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute | NSF | 2011

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) | NSF | 2004


“Plant Knowledges: Indigenous Approaches and Multispecies Listening Toward Decolonizing Ayahuasca Research.” Cultural and Political Perspectives on Psychedelic Science Symposium, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, United States, August 2018

“Healing as an Ecology of Selves: Ritual as resistance, research as ritual.” Ecology and Religion Summit, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, United States, April 2016


Panels Organized

“Methods of engagement: Feminist approaches to collaborations in studying beyond the human.” 4S – Society for Social Studies of Science, New Orleans, LA, United States, September 2019

“Encounters with the Illicit: Characterizing Landscapes of Ignorance.” American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, United States, April 2019

Papers Presented

“The Forest for the Trees: Equivocations in tropical forest conservation and climate change mitigation efforts in the Amazon.” American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Virtual/New York, March 2022.

“Transplanting Ayahuasca Healing Practices Across Terrains of Power.” Workshop: From Ritual to Justice: Toward a Decolonial and Feminist Approach to Ayahuasca. SALSA-Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America Annual Meeting, Virtual, June 2021

“The Unruly Commodification of Ayahuasca.” American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Virtual, April 2021.

“Criminalized Crops: Environmentality and the Production of Marginality.” Illicit Geographies Workshop. University of Alabama (Virtual), October 2020.

“Trouble with Trees: More-than-human practices toward creating a ‘medicinal forest garden’.” Environmental Justice in Multispecies Worlds Conference, Madison, WI, March 2020

“(Re)generative equivocations in the creation of a ‘medicinal forest garden’.” 4S – Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, United States, September 2019

“Trouble with Trees: Collaborations beyond the human in the creation of a ‘medicinal forest garden’.” International Union of Forest Research Organization – Conference on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 2019

“A plant-centric view of ayahuasca’s cosmopolitcal engagements with more-than-human economies.” American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, United States, April 2019

 “Healing in the Chthulucene: Becoming beyond human with medicinal plants.” International Society for Universal Dialogue Annual Meeting, Lima, Peru, July 2018

“The Role of Plants in Knowledge Production: Collaborators or Objects of Study.” Psychedelic Science Conference, Oakland, CA, United States, April 2017

“Shipibo healing rituals recontextualized in changing ecological, economic, and social contexts.” ENTiTLE – European Network of Political Ecology Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, April 2016

“The seasonal timing of precipitation and temperature mediate rangeland vegetation response to grazing.” Poster Presentation, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, United States, August 2013

“Does the seasonal timing of precipitation influence grassland sensitivity to grazing?” Front Range Student Ecology Symposium, Fort Collins, CO, United States, February 2011

“Global change and grazing in North American grasslands: A regional study across precipitation regimes using field experiments and modeling.” Poster Presentation, Front Range Student Ecology Symposium, Fort Collins, CO, United States, February 2010

“Modeling Cancer Mathematically.” Young Mathematicians Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, United States, August 2004


Course Instruction

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Instructor of Record | The Land Ethic (GEOG1370) | Spring 2022

Instructor of Record | Guided Research (GEOG3530) | Spring 2022

University of California, Berkeley

Graduate Student Instructor | Environmental Health & Development | Spring 2019

Graduate Student Instructor | Political Ecology | Fall 2018

Colorado State University

Graduate Teaching Assistant | Systems Ecology | Fall 2011

Laboratory Instructor | Biology: Organisms & Populations | Spring 2012 & Spring 2011

Laboratory Instructor | Biology: Cells & Organisms | Fall 2010 & Fall 2009

Graduate Teaching Assistant | Ecology | Spring 2010

Guest Lectures

“Plants and Healing: Indigenous worlds and interspecies practices”, Religion, Psychology, and Modern Literature, University of San Francisco (November 2020)

“Kawsay Ñampi: Conservation of the Living Forest”, Amazonian Cultures and Conservation: Rebuilding Relations from the Ground Up, UC Santa Cruz (February 2020)

“Situated Knowledges & Plant Knowledges: Indigenous approaches and interspecies listening”, Political Ecology, UC Berkeley (November 2018)

“Environmental Ethics: Holding open questions in science, work, and life”, Top Ten Global Environmental Problems, UC Berkeley (April 2015, April 2016, April 2018)

“Plants, Healing, and Environmental Change”, Environmental Philosophy and Ethics, UC Berkeley (November 2017)


Wildland Firefighter Certification I | National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) | 2022

Principles of Pedagogy | UC Merced | 2021

Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty | UC Berkeley | 2019

Graduate Student Inclusivity Training & Certificate Program | UC Berkeley | 2018


Academic and Departmental Service

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

UW-Platteville Sustainability Committee                                                       2022

University of California, Merced

UAW Union Steward                                                                                     2020 – 2021

Environmental Science, Policy, and Management | UC Berkeley

Space Coordinator, Society & Environment Division | 2018 – 2019

Faculty Liaison, Society & Environment Division | 2018 – 2019

Graduate Student Association | 2014 – 2019

Left Coast Political Ecology Network

Organizing Group | 2018 – 2019

Front Range Student Ecology Symposium | Colorado State University

Secretary of Organizing Committee | 2011 – 2012

Outreach and Advertising Committee Chair | 2010 – 2011

Outreach and Advertising Committee Member | 2009 – 2010

Nonprofit Volunteer Work

Piri Piri Threadworks | Collaboration with Shipibo Meken Artisans Collective

Co-Founder  | 2016 –

Alianza Arkana | Pucallpa, Peru

Research Coordinator | 2017 – 2019

Affiliate Researcher | 2014 – 2019


Foreign Language

Professional Proficiency in Spanish. Basic Mandarin. Basic Shipibo

Ecological Modeling

Experienced with theoretical and Bayesian modeling in Matlab and R

Writing & Arts

Website design, technical writing and editing, photography, dance, herbalism, and creative writing