Friction of Terrain

a pedal-powered exploration through the heart of Zomia

a pedal-powered exploration through the heart of Zomia

A team of friends bound by bicycle chain and sticky rice, with a wealth of experience living, working, and studying in southeast Asia, destined for muddy legs, bamboo splinters, and single-track savory fare.

Kyle Seewald Hemes

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Hailing from Maine's rocky coast, Kyle has spent more than two years living, studying, and working in southeast Asia. As an environmental scientist with an interest at the ecosystem scale, Kyle has focused on issues ranging from forest carbon conservation in the Vietnamese uplands to migratory fish tracking on the Mekong. Kyle is a PhD student at UC Berkeley, where he works on questions at the intersection of land use change, climate, and livelihoods.

www.kylehemes.com

Stew Motta

Stew sprouted up from the fields of Grinnell, IA before venturing to the 'Middle Kingdom' in pursuit of Mandarin study. Stew previously designed and led trips with Where There Be Dragons throughout China, Southeast Asia, and India and pursued the extremes of experience as the Mekong Bureau Chief for AsiaWheeling. Stew is continuing his work around natural resource management and Chinese investment in the Greater Mekong Subregion as the network coordinator for CGIAR's research program on Water, Land, & Ecosystems (WLE).

Will Stauffer-Norris

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Will was born in Idaho, grew up in the steamy jungles of Southwest Virginia, and went to Colorado College. A few years ago he ate a mashed rat in a remote village near the Thai/Burmese border and has been hooked on Southeast Asia ever since. Will is a freelance photographer and filmmaker whose work has taken him around the world, including source to sea on the Colorado River, exploratory kayaking in China, and the Bering Strait.

www.willstauffernorris.com

 

Simone Phillips

    A native of the farm country of Eastern Washington, Simone has lived, worked, and studied in Colorado, Canada, Califor  nia and Laos. Simone's current interests lie at the complex interface between human and ecological health. While living in Laos, she promoted health education at the National Assembly, and worked for the World Health Organization on stakeholder engagement. She observed firsthand ways in which economic development and land use change impact human health and well being.  Simone currently works in autism research and plans to pursue graduate training in medicine and public health.     

 

A native of the farm country of Eastern Washington, Simone has lived, worked, and studied in Colorado, Canada, California and Laos. Simone's current interests lie at the complex interface between human and ecological health. While living in Laos, she promoted health education at the National Assembly, and worked for the World Health Organization on stakeholder engagement. She observed firsthand ways in which economic development and land use change impact human health and well being.  Simone currently works in autism research and plans to pursue graduate training in medicine and public health. 

 

FRICTION OF TERRAIN is supported by the National Geographic Young Explorers Grant program.