Ellie received a master's degree in Geography (Penn State University, 2012) and a bachelor's degree is in Political Science and French (Amherst College, 2006). In 2017-18, she taught in the Environmental Studies department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY).
She is interested in the human relationship to the environment: dueling visions of sustainability, the social causes and consequences of climate change, the meaning of the Anthropocene. Political economy and political ecology are most useful for her research, but she also draws on environmental history, science and technology studies, and nature-society geography.
Her current research examines how beekeeping is changing in response to ongoing honey bee health challenges, as beekeepers need more education and support to keep their bees healthy and productive. Through interviews and participatory research, her work shows how competing visions of “sustainable beekeeping” are being re-shaped by the politics of expertise.