Sayd Randle is an environmental anthropologist and a freelance writer. A PhD candidate at Yale University, her work explores the cultural politics of climate adaptation in the American West. She lived in Los Angeles in 2014 and 2015, conducting ethnographic and archival research on urban water provision in Southern California. Working with water engineers, planners, and activists, she gathered data on L.A.’s ongoing efforts to “relocalize” its precarious water supply. In addition to her dissertation, she is using this material to write a popular book about the hidden histories of L.A.’s waterscape. Her research has been supported by grants from the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, and the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies. Her scholarly work has appeared in numerous edited volumes and refereed journals, and her essays have been featured on The Awl and Sage Magazine. She also holds degrees from Williams College and the University of Cambridge.