Andre LaFontant is interested in the intersection of sustainable landscapes and equitable access to such environments for historically marginalized communities. He is a graduate research assistant for the NSF-funded project Rural Shrink Smart, which has the goal of developing tools to help all small and shrinking communities actively plan for shrinkage before population loss affects quality of life. Andre earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Williams College and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University.