Dr. Parker studies interactions between people and the environment, climate change, governance and ethics, particularly the Asia-Pacific region. His doctoral research in anthropology investigated social aspects of natural resource management and eco-tourism in the biodiversity hotspot of the Raja Ampat islands of Indonesia's West Papua Province.
Dr. Parker is a career U.S. Foreign Service officer currently working for the Department of State's Office of Global Change, where he is the lead for the Western Hemisphere Bureau and the United Nations on international climate issues. He previously served in diplomatic assignments at U.S Embassy Santiago, the U.S. Consulate in Mérida, Mexico, and U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica.
Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Dr. Parker worked as a consultant for the Millennium Challenge Corporation and World Bank, and anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.