Cascade Tuholske is a Geography PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Funded as a U.S. Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security, Cascade’s dissertation investigates has two overlapping components related to urbanization, cliamte change, and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. His first objective assesses household-level socioeconomic predictors of food consumption and expenditures within Accra, Ghana, and Lusaka, Zambia, with the goal to understand urban food security challenges in Sub-Saharan African cities. Second, his research uses integrated demographic and remote-sensed data to understand how climate change may be driving urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa. His master’s thesis measured 30-years of land use-cover change in Roatán, Honduras and was featured on NASA’s Earth Observatory website.

Prior to graduate school, Cascade taught English in four countries, including as a Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria, worked in the U.S. Senate, and organized grassroots campaigns in his native Montana. He received a BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University in 2010.