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Karl Zimmerer is a geographer and environmental scientist whose research and teaching is focused on a group of interconnected topics centered on global human-environmental change. These interests concern the interaction of cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental dynamics in agriculture and resource use of developing and developed countries.
The first area of Karl's interests is the role and conservation of agrobiodiversity in complex agricultural landscapes containing local and regional food and consumption systems. Recently he is extending this research to frameworks of agrobiodiversity in global environmental change and governance.
Karl's second area of interest is the role of globalization in agriculture, rural livelihoods, and biodiversity conservation. This research includes neoliberalizing policies and politics as well as other governmental, non-governmental, and citizen approaches including "spaces of hope" in conservation and sustainability.
The third of Karl's areas of interest is concerned with concepts and theory in human-environment and nature-society approaches to environmental studies. It also includes the historical experience and present-day development of spatial-environmental models and planning, particularly through interaction of the knowledge systems of ecological science and local and indigenous peoples. Karl is author of numerous articles and chapters, and his books and monographs include four publications, most recently Globalization and New Geographies of Conservation (2006, University of Chicago). He is active in various groups and organizations involved with agricultural, environmental, conservation, and globalization policies, serves as the Head of the Geography Department at the Pennsylvania State University and also edits the Nature-Society section of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.
Megan Baumann, M. S. (current): Political ecology, soils, and smallholder livelihoods, Argentina
Ramzi Tubbeh, M. S. (current): Water resources, development, and sociocultural change, Peru
Ashlee Adams, Ph.D (current): High-value commodities, agrobiodiversity, and food security
Sara Cavallo, Ph.D (current): Agri-food systems, development, and the agroecology of non-human actors
Emma Gaalaas Mullaney, Ph.D. (current): Gender politics and maize in Mexico
Nathan Clay, Ph.D. (current): Ecology, agriculture, and conservation amid development transitions, Rwanda
Yooinn Hong, Ph.D. (current): Agriculture-forest landscape interactions, agrobiodiversity, conservation, East Asia
Russell Hedberg, Ph.D. (current): Alternative food networks, landscape ecology and aesthetics, and social-ecological interactions in coupled urban-rural systems
Ashlee Adams, M.S. (2015): Is quinoa a “quick fix”? Commercialization and resilience among small-scale quinoa producers in Bolivia
Sara Cavallo, M.S. (2015): Conservation-development linkages in the buffer zones of Itwara Central Forest Reserve, Uganda, 2000 – 2015
Russell Hedberg, M.S. (2013): Reassembling the landscape: A holistic study of Polylepis forest cover change in Colina, Tunari National Park, Bolivia
Martha Bell, Ph.D. (2013): The governance of food technology and environmental resource flows: Connecting mills, water, wheat, and people in colonial Lima, Peru (1535-1570)
Oliver Casilla (2013): Universidad Mayor de San Simón-AGRUCO, Cochabamba, Bolivia (co-adviser)
Ariel Guarachi (2012): Universidad Mayor de San Simón-AGRUCO, Cochabamba, Bolivia
David Knoppers, Undergraduate Honors (2012): GMOs and organics in Pennsylvania agriculture
Kevin Hillmer Pegram, M.S. (2011): Dive tourism operators and social-ecological resilience of coral reefs in the Virgin Islands
Anna Shamey, M.S. (2011): Invasive species and land use change in organic agriculture, Wisconsin
Rebecca Baker, Undergraduate Honors (2011): Cuban urban agriculture and food
Fernando Gonzales, Ph.D. (2009): Weed invasion in Andean agriculture
Brent Moats, M.S. (2008): Vegetation change (woody cover) and irrigation development, Bolivia
2013, “An early framework of national land use and geovisualization: Policy attributes and application of Pulgar Vidal's state-indigenous vision of Peru (1941-present).” Land Use Policy, Volume 30, Number 1, pp. 305–16 (with Martha G. Bell; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2012.03.023)
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