Karl Zimmerer

Introduction

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.

Current research

  • Agrobiodiversity change and resilience related to water resource use, irrigation, and climate change, with emphasis on tropical mountain countries, especially western South America (Bolivia)
  • Spatial interactions involving the role of social networks and environmental factors in high-agrobiodiversity farming and organic agriculture (Bolivia, Wisconsin)
  • Trajectories of environmental conservation and land use under neoliberal governments and alternative regimes, 1985-present (Latin America and Caribbean countries, especially Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru, and Bolivia)
  • Cartography, landscape ideas, and spatial-environmental models of land use and social-ecological complexity in tropical mountain environments (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia)

Research Interests

  • land use and agricultural change/global change
  • economic development/globalization/neoliberalism
  • nature-society and human-environment theory
  • environmental impacts (biodiversity/soils/water/conservation)
  • food/producer-consumer networks/sustainability

Advisees

  • Ashlee Adams, M.S. (current): The impacts of market articulation at multiple scales on biodiversity and home consumption of quinoa farmers in Bolivia

  • Cavallo, Sara, M.S. (current): Linking the spaces of tea production and processing to food security in peri-urban Uganda

  • 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

  • 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

    (co-adviser)

  • 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

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 30: Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems
  • GEOG 430: Human Use of Environment
  • GEOG 500: Introduction to Geographic Research
  • GEOG 507: Seminar in Human Environment Geography
  • GEOG 530: Human-Environment Seminar

Publications

Recent publications

  • 2014,   "Producing news, knowing science? Geographic scale and scalar framing in Who Speaks for the Climate?" Dialogues in Human Geography 3(3): 304-306.
  • 2013, “The compatibility of agricultural intensification in a global hotspot of smallholder agrobiodiversity (Bolivia).” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) volume 110, number 8 (text pp. 2769-2774, Supplementary Information pp. 1-4; published in PNAS Early Edition, 4 February 2013; full publication released on February 19, 2013; http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1216294110.abstract).
  • 2013, "Geographic approaches to Long-Term Social-Ecological Research (LTSER): Principal themes and concepts with a case study of Andes-Amazon watersheds.” In Long term socio-ecological research: Studies in society-nature interactions across spatial and temporal scales. Editors Simron Jit Singh, Helmut Haberl, Marian Chertow, Michael Mirtl, and Martin Schmid, pp. 163-187. Dordrecht: Springer Scientific
  • 2013 (now released and available), The New Geographies of Energy: Assessment and Analysis of Critical Landscapes (Volume Editor, 283 pages) London: Routledge Publishers.
  • 2013, "Approaching the new geographies of global energy: Analytics and assessment of current energy landscapes and alternatives,” pp. 1-10. In The New Geographies of Energy: Assessment and Analysis of Critical Landscapes. Editor Karl S. Zimmerer. London: Routledge Publishers. 
  • 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)

  • 2013, “Significance of telecoupling for exploration of (sustainable) land use change” (with Hallie Eakin, Ruth DeFries, Suzi Kerr, Eric F. Lambin, Jianguo Liu, Peter J. Marcotullio, Peter Messerli, Anette Reenberg, Ximena Rueda, Simon R. Swaffield, and Birka Wicke). In Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era, eds. Karen C. Seto and Anette Reenberg. Ernst Strungmann Forum, Frankfurt, Germany (15 manuscript pages, single space).
  • 2012, "The indigenous Andean concept of 'kawsay,' the politics of knowledge and development, and the borderlands of environmental sustainability in Latin America. PMLA (Publications of the Modern Language Association) 127(3): 600–606.  In PMLA "Theories and Methodologies" section on Sustainability.
  • 2012, “Cultural ecology and human ecology:  Core concepts and advances in current human-environmental and nature-society studies.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Geography. Editor Barney Warf. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pages 150–166.
  • 2012, “Agrobiodiversity and water resources in agricultural landscape evolution.” In Biodiversity in Agriculture: Domestication, Evolution, and Sustainability, Editors Paul Gepts, T. R. Famula, R. L. Bettinger, and S. B. Brush, pp. 465-473. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2011, “The landscape technology of spate irrigation amid development changes: Assembling the links to resources, livelihoods, and agrobiodiversity-food in the Bolivian Andes” Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions 21: 917-934.
  • 2011,  “'Conservation booms', land use transitions, and environmental governance in Latin America, 1985-2008 (Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia).” Latin American Research Review 46(3):82-114.
  • 2011,  “Mapping mountains and indigenous landscapes in the early modern world: Geovisualizations of Pedro de Cieza de León and Alexander von Humboldt” In Mapping Latin America, pp 125-130. Editors Karl Offen and Jordana Dym. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • 2011, “Vertical environments: Science, nature, and cultural-environmental diversity in modern development.” In Mapping Latin America, pp263-268. Editors Karl Offen and Jordana Dym. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • 2011, “New geographies of energy.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101 (4): 705-711.
  • 2011, Editor, Geographies of Energy (275 pages). Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Volume 101, Number 4 (Special Issue).
  • 2011, "Spatial-geographic models of water scarcity and supply in irrigation engineering and management (Bolivia, 1952-2009).” In Knowing Nature, Transforming Ecologies: Science, power, and practice in environmental science and management, editors Matthew D. Turner, Mara Goldman, and Paul Nadasdy, pp. 167-185. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • 2010, “Dynamically coupled human and natural systems: Hawai‘i as a model system” (with Patrick V. Kirch). In Roots of Conflict: Soils, Agriculture, and Sociopolitical Complexity in Ancient Hawai`i, eds. Patrick V. Kirch and Peter M. Vitousek, pp. 3-30. School for Advanced Research Advance Seminar Series. Santa Fe: Seminar for Anthropological Research (SAR) Publications.
  • 2010, “Biological diversity in agriculture and global change,” Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Volume 35: 137-166.
  • 2010, “Retrospective on nature-society geography: Tracing trajectories (1911-2010) and reflecting on translations.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers Volume 100 (5): 1076-1094.
  • 2010,  “Editors’ Postscript.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers Volume 100 (5): 1181-1186 (with A. Kobayashi, M.-P. Kwan, and M. Fonstad).
  • 2010, "Woodlands and agrobiodiversity in irrigation landscapes amidst global change (Bolivia, 1990-2002)." Professional Geographer 62 (3): 335-356.
  • 2009, "Biodiversity," pp. 50-65, Chapter 4, in Companion to Environmental Geography, Editors, Noel Castree, David Demeritt, Diana Liverman, and Bruce Rhoads. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • 2009, "Nature under neoliberalism and beyond in Bolivia: Community-based resource management, environmental conservation, and farmer-and-food movements, 1985-present," pp. 157-174, in Beyond Neoliberalism in Latin America? Societies and Politics at the Crossroads. Editors, John Burdick, Philip Oxhorn, and Kenneth M. Roberts. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2009, Editor, Globalization and the New Geographies of Environmental Conservation (363 pages). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • 2008, "Spatial externalities in agriculture: Empirical analysis, statistical identification, and policy implications for development and environment." World Development 36 (10): 1813-1829. (with Bradford L. Barham and David J. Lewis).
  • 2008, "Landscape Change at the Margins: Pathway of Intensification and/or Model of Intensive Agriculture?" Commentary on ‘Variable Development of Dryland Agriculture in Hawaii’ by T.N. Ladefoged and M.W. Graves, Current Anthropology 49(5): 793-794.
  • 2008, "Human geography and the 'new ecology': The prospects and promise of integration," pp. 210-231, In Environment: Critical Essays in Human Geography (Ashgate Publishing, eds. Kay Anderson and Bruce Braun. [reprint of original publication].
  • 2007, "Cultural ecology (and political ecology) in the "environmental borderlands": Exploring the expanded connectivities within geography." Progress in Human Geography 31 (2): 227-244.
  • 2007, "Agriculture, livelihoods, and globalization: The analysis of new trajectories (and avoidance of just-so stories) of human-environment change and conservation." Agriculture and Human Values 24(1): 9-16.
  • 2006, "Humboldt's nodes and modes of interdisciplinary environmental science in the Andean world." The Geographical Review 96(3): 335-360.
  • 2006, "Cultural ecology: at the interface with political ecology---the new geographies of environmental conservation and globalization." Progress in Human Geography 30 (1): 63-78.
  • 2006, "Introduction: Geographical issues in the globalization of agriculture and conservation", pp. 1-43, in Globalization and the New Geographies of Environmental Conservation (University of Chicago Press, ed. Karl S. Zimmerer).
  • 2006, "Chapter 6: Multi-level geographies of seed flows and seed use in agrobiodiversity conservation in the Andean countries," pp. 141-165, in Globalization and the New Geographies of Environmental Conservation (University of Chicago Press, ed. Karl S. Zimmerer).
  • 2006, "Conclusion: Rethinking the compatibility, consequences, and geographic strategies of conservation and agricultural development," pp. 315-345, in Globalization and the New Geographies of Environmental Conservation (University of Chicago Press, ed. Karl S. Zimmerer).
  • 2006, Introductions to Sections. "Spatialities in global conservation and sustainability projects" (pp. 45-48); "Linking scales in livelihood analysis and global environmental science" (117-120); "Transnational and border issues in global conservation management" (187-190); "Decentralization and environmental governance in globalization" (pp. 255-258), in Globalization and the New Geographies of Environmental Conservation (University of Chicago Press).
  • 2005, "An expanding interface with agriculture will change global conservation," pp. 26-33, in Agroecology and the Struggle for Food Sovereignty in the Americas, editors A. Cohn, J. Cook, M. Fernández, R. Reider, and C. Steward. New Haven: IIED, IUCN, and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
  • 2004, "Globalization and multi-spatial trends in the coverage of protected-area conservation (1980-2000)." Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment 33(8): 514-523 ) (with R. Galt and M. Buck).
  • 2004, "Cultural and political ecology: Placing households in human-environment studies--the cases of tropical forest transitions and agrobiodiversity change." Progress in Human Geography 28(6): 795-806.
  • 2004, "Environmental discourses on soil degradation in Bolivia: Sustainability and the search for socioenvironmental "middle ground." In Liberation Ecologies: Environment, Development, Social Movements, Second Edition. Editors Richard Peet and Michael Watts. London: Routledge, pages 107-124.
  • 2004, "Cultural and political ecology as human/society and environment/society dynamics" (with T. J. Bassett). In Geography in America, 2000, At the dawn of the 21st Century (Eds. G.L. Gaile and C.J. Wilmott). Oxford: Oxford University Press, pages 97-113.
  • 2003, Editor, Political Ecology: An Integrative Approach to Geography and Environment-Development Studies (with Thomas J. Bassett). New York: Guilford Publications.

Recent Notes and Short Publications

    

  • 2013, "Boundaries and networks in geography and beyond," Note from the Department Head, page 2, Newsletter of the Geography Department, The Pennsylvania State University, Spring, Volume 12, Issue 1.  
  • 2012, “Onward and upward with Penn State Geography,” Note from the Department Head, page 2, Newsletter of the Geography Department, The Pennsylvania State University, Fall, Volume 11, Issue 2.
  • 2012 (forthcoming), Book Review, The Rules of the Game and the Game of the Rules: Normalization and resistance in Andean water control (Wageningen University, 2009). By Rutgerd Boelens. In Human Ecology (forthcoming).
  • 2012, “Valuing and engaging alumni,” Note from the Department Head, page 2, Newsletter of the Geography Department, The Pennsylvania State University, Spring, Volume 11, Issue 1.
  • 2011, “Important Roles of Departmental Faculty Emeriti,” Note from the Department Head, page 2, Newsletter of the Geography Department, The Pennsylvania State University, Summer/Fall, Volume 10, Issue 2.
  • 2011 Book Review, Essay on the Geography of Plants (University of Chicago, 2010). By Alexander von Humboldt, edited by Stephen Jackson and translated by Sylvie Romanowski. In The Geographical Review 101 (3): 458-460.
  • 2011 “Geographies of Energy: AAG Annals Special Issue,” In AAG Newsletter (Association of American Geographers), Volume 46, Number 6, June 2011.
  • 2011, “Interdisciplinary Faculty Searches: Energy Policy and Earth Systems Ecology,” Note of the Department Head, page 2, Newsletter of the Geography Department, The Pennsylvania State University, Spring issue, Volume 10, Issue 1.
  • 2010, “Penn State Geography in the NRC Rankings,” Note of the Department Head, page 2, Newsletter of the Geography Department, The Pennsylvania State University, Summer/Fall issue, Volume 9.
  • 2010, “Geography in the Context of Pasteur’s Quadrant,” Note of the Department Head, page 2, Newsletter of the Geography Department, The Pennsylvania State University, Winter/Spring issue, Volume 8.
  • 2009, Publication endorsement (“blurb”): The Atlas of World Hunger by Thomas J. Bassett and Alex Winter-Nelson (University of Chicago Press).
  • 2009, Publication endorsement (“blurb”): In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World by Judith A. Carney (University of California Press).
  •  2009, “Geography and Interdisciplinarity,” Note of the Department Head, page 2, Newsletter of the Geography Department, The Pennsylvania State University, Summer/Fall issue, Volume 6.
  • 2009, “Geography in the Re-Design of the Teacher Education Curriculum: Recent Experience at Penn State” (with J. Vender), AAG Newsletter (Association of American Geographers) (Volume 44, Number 3, March 2009).
  • 2009, “Department, College of EMS benefit from synergies,” Note of the Department Head, page 2, Newsletter of the Geography Department, The Pennsylvania State University, Winter/Spring issue, Volume 6, Issue 1.
  • 2008, “Landscape Change at the Margins: Pathway of Intensification and/or Model of Intensive Agriculture?” Commentary on ‘Variable Development of Dryland Agriculture in Hawaii’ by Thegn N. Ladefoged and Michael W. Graves Current Anthropology 49(5): 793-794.
  • 2008, Book Review, The Humboldt Current: Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism. By Aaron Sachs. In Annals of the Association of American Geographers 98(3): 745-748.
  • 2008, "Celebrating Coffee Hour," Note of the Department Head, page 2, Newsletter of the Geography Department, The Pennsylvania State University, Summer/Fall, Volume 6, Issue 2.
  • 2008, “Strategic Planning in the Department,” Note of the Department Head, page 2, Newsletter of the Geography Department, The Pennsylvania State University, Winter/Spring, Volume 6, Issue 1.
  • 2006, Note, “Humboldt and the history of environmental thought.” The Geographical Review 96(3): 456-459.




Presentations

Recent Presentations and Workshops

  • 2014 Plenary Lecture; “Surprise! Novel Interactions in Global Change and the Growing Role of New Human-Environment Ideas,” Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group (CAPE), Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, Florida (April 11).
  • 2014 “The historical political ecology of knowledge and the emergence of new landscape models in tropical mountains: The case of Andean South America,” Research Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, Florida (April 9).
  • 2014 “Spatial patterning and interactions of land use in complex, high-­agrobiodiversity smallholder landscapes.” 2014 Global Land Project Meeting, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (March 20).
  • 2014 Symposium Organizer and Introducer, “Agrobiodiversity and global change: New linkages to sustainability.” 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Chicago, (February 15).
  • 2014 “Global agrobiodiversity hotspots and challenges for sustainable development.” 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Chicago, (February 15).
  • 2014 Plenary Lecture, “The role of surprise in design and methodologies for research in the realm of social-ecological synthesis,” National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, SESYNC, Annapolis, Maryland (January 15).
  • 2013 “Giving rise to sustainability: Tropical mountain landscapes and cities,” Public Address to receive the Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal, American Geographical Society (AGS), New York City, (December 6).
  • 2013, “Markets, Cultures, Ecology, Seeds: Rethinking 'public' and 'private' in agrobiodiversity governance.” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Chicago, (November 21)
  • 2013, “New landscape Knowledge in Andean Colonialism: The emergence of
    novel geographic frameworks through ethnohistorical interactions. Northeast Conference on Andean Ethnohistory (NCAE), Yale University, New Haven, (November 17).
  • 2013 “Migration, urbanization, and water resources at the crossroads of agrobiodiversity change: Contradictions or compatibilities?,” Research Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles (April 11).
  • 2013 “Geographies of Hope Symposium 5: Gaining ground? Geographies of viable, equitable agricultures (& the seeds thereof),” Panelist Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles (April 11).
  • 2013 “Biodiversity conservation and compatibility with agricultural intensification-II: Advances of the social-ecological sciences for sustainability and food security,” Research Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles (April 10).
  • 2013 “Biodiversity conservation and compatibility with agricultural intensification-I: Advances of the social-ecological sciences for sustainability and food security,” Discussant, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles (April 10).
  • 2013 “Political ecologies of resource extraction and indigeneity in the Americas,” Research Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles (April 9).
  • 2013 “Who Speaks For the Climate,” Panelist Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles (April 9).
  • 2013 “Migration, urbanization, and water resources at the crossroads of agrobiodiversity change: Contradictions or compatibilities?,” Research Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles (April 11).
  • 2013 Research and Policy Analysis and Discussion, “Social-ecological resilience” (Experts Meeting on Rights to Resilience), Oxfam, Washington, D.C. (March 7-8).
  • 2012 Research Analysis and Discussion, “Telecoupling and distal connections: Theoretical perspectives and case studies of social-ecological resilience.” Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era, Ernst Strungmann Forum, Karen C. Seto and Anette Reenberg, Organizers, Frankfurt, Germany (September 23-28 ).
  • 2012 Research Presentation, “Biofuels in Bolivia and Peru: Political economies and ecology of agriculture, energy, resources, and development in Western South America.” In panel on Biofuels and Agricultural Governance in Latin America, Renata Andrade, Organizer, Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), San Francisco (May 26).
  • 2012 Panelist, “Political ecology and geography: Political Ecology: Keeping Connections in the Field,” noBoundaries Graduate Student Conference, Pennsylvania State University (March 31).
  • 2012 “Indigenous knowledge and human-environmental change: High-agrobiodiversity food plant complexes amid intensifying global trends and sustainability prospects.” Interinstitutional Consortium on Indigenous Knowledge/ICIK, Pennsylvania State University (March 21).
  • 2012 “Perspectives on the Smithsonian Institution Indigenous GEO Initiative.” Planning Workshop, Interinstitutional Consortium on Indigenous Knowledge/ICIK, Pennsylvania State University (March 16)
  •  2012 “The present and future of e-education in Meteorology, Geosciences and Geography” (with Professors William Brune and Lee Kump). Earth Talks Seminar, Pennsylvania State University (March 12).
  • 2012 “Biodiversity and food in the context of development and climate change-II,” Panel Introducer and Organizer, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York City (February 27).
  • 2012 “Conflicts, contrasts, and connections in the politics and policies of land/land use in the Andes and Amazon of Bolivia.” Research Paper, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York City (February 26).
  • 2012 “Socio-environmental conflicts II: the Andes,” Panel Discussant, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York City (February 25).
  • 2011 “Models and mapping of land use, landscapes, and cultural-environmental diversity in Peru: The legacy of Javier Pulgar Vidal.” Research Paper, Northeast Conference on Andean Archaeology & Ethnohistory, Peabody Museum, Philips Andover Academy, Andover, Massachusetts (October 15).
  • 2011 “Kawsay as an indigenous concept of food rights and development politics: Advancing the geographies of social environmental justice in the Andean countries.” Presentation and Discussion, Geographies of Justice: An Interdisciplinary Symposium, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University (October 1).
  • 2011 “Rethinking geographic approaches and responding to global environmental changes: Three case studies,” Ellen Churchill Semple Honorary Lecture, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky (April 24).
  • 2011 “Ideologies and spaces of organic dairy: Implications for alternative food systems.” Research Paper, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle (April 14).
  • 2011 “The cultivation and conservation of biological diversity,” Panel Discussant, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle (April 14).
  • 2011 “Annals Editorial Board session”; “Meet the Editors of the Annals and the Professional Geographer” and “How to be an Editor for the Association of American Geographers”, Panel Discussant in a group of three special sessions, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle (April 13 and April 15).
  • 2011 “Coevolution: Culture-agriculture interactions and implications with respect to potential perennial polyculture-based agrarian transitions.” The Land Institute, Salina, Kansas (March 17).
  • 2010 “Peru and Penn State: Research and graduate-education opportunities in geography and the resource and land-use sciences,” Department of Geography, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru (November 11).
  • 2010 “Sustainable food landscapes and the geography of global agrobiodiversity.” Department of Food Science, Pennsylvania State University (October 28).
  • 2010 “Mapping the Andes and Peru during the national period: Pulgar Vidal and land use planning and policy.” Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Toronto (October 9).
  • 2010 “Conservation conversation: New directions in environmental management” (with Brian King and Erica Smithwick). Coffee Hour Colloquium Series, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University (September 10).
  • 2010 “Water resources, agriculture, and food in local livelihoods: Resilience and limits in irrigation landscapes.” Research Paper, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C. (April 15).
  • 2010 “Mapping Latin America,” Panel Discussant, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C. (April 16).
  •  2010 “Annals Editorial Board session” and “Meet the Editors of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers”; Panel Discussant in a pair of special sessions, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C. (April 15 and April 17).
  • 2010 Session Discussant, Latin America & Social Sustainability, noBoundaries Graduate Student Conference, Penn State University (March 21).
  • 2010 “Biodiversity and social-ecological resilience of irrigated agriculture in 'ethnodevelopment' policies.” Agriculture and Land Use Lecture, Applied Biodiversity Science and NSF-IGERT Graduate Training Seminar Series, Texas A&M University (March 10).
  • 2010 “Adaptation and use of food plant biodiversity at multiple scales: Finding keys to conservation and sustainability.” Colloquium Series, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University (February 19).
  • 2009 “Local dynamics of global land use: Change in high-agrobiodiversity and organic landscapes.” Coffee Hour Colloquium Series, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University (December 11).
  • 2009 “Environmental management trends and political regimes in Latin America since 1985.” Plenary LASA-organized presentation on “Contemporary Debates on Ecology, Culture, and Society in Latin America, organizers Marianne Schmink and José R. Jouve-Martín. International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Río de Janeiro, Brazil (June 11).
  • 2009 “Trends in the policies and political ecology of agriculture and food related to environmental conservation and management trends in Latin America.” Joint Annual Meeting of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS) and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania (May 29).
  • 2009 “Human-Environment and/or Nature-Society? Geographic trends and trajectories,” Ralph Brown Day Honorary Lecture, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota (April 24).
  • 2009 “Agrobiodiversity Research: Retrospective and Prospectus.” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas (March 24).
  • 2009 Invited Discussant, “Geography of Science,” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas (March 26).
  • 2008 “Spatial interactions of land users and land use involving agriculture and the environment,” M. E. John Seminar Series, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Pennsylvania State University (December 5).
  • 2008 “Agrobiodiversity and water resources: Resilience and limits in political-environmental change.” Department of Geography Colloquium Series, Rutgers University (October 24).
  • 2008 “Agrobiodiversity and water management in agricultural landscape evolution (Andean valleys, Bolivia, 1986-2008).” Harlan II, International Symposium, Biodiversity: Domestication, Evolution, & Sustainability. University of California, Davis (September 16).
  • 2008 “Agrobiodiversity and water resources: Crucial linkages in the context of environmental and development change.” Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston (April 16-19).
  • 2008 “Climate change and agriculture in conservation and development.” Seminar in Conservation and Development, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University (March 27).
  • 2008 “Common ground? Four-field geography and the restructuring academy.” Coffee Hour Colloquium Series, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University (January 18).
  • 2007 “Spatial externalities in agriculture: Edge effect-type economic, social, and environmental interactions” (with B. Barham and D. Lewis). Seminar in Development, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW—Madison (November 29).
  • 2007 “Environmental conservation, climate change, and compromise: From landscapes to waterscapes and foodscapes” and “Biodiversity and climate change: How do top-down and bottom-up approaches meet.” Courses on Environmental Studies and Globalization, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University (November 12-13).
  • 2007 “Trade-offs of environmental conservation involving agriculture, development, and globalization.” Workshop on Conservation and the Politics of Knowledge, Center for Integrative Conservation Research, University of Georgia (November 7).
  • 2007 “Spatial externalities in land use: Economic geography and the political ecology of agriculture and agrobiodiversity.” Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco (April 17-21).
  • 2007 Panelist, Session on the “Environmental Conservation and Poverty in Global Change Management,” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco (April 17-21).
  • 2007 Panelist, Session on the “Curricula on Human-Dimensions/Human-Environment/Nature-Society in Departments of Geography: Present and Future Challenges,” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco (April 17-21).
  • 2007 Panelist, Session on the “Potential Integrations of Political Ecology and Economic Geography,” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco (April 17-21).
  • 2007 “Biodiversity in agriculture and management of water resources: Exploring the connections in development and environmental change,” Human-Environment Research Discussion (HERD), Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin---Madison (March 27).
  • 2007 “Complexity in historical ecology,” Invited Panelist in Conversations in Geography Roundtable, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin---Madison (March 9).
  • 2006 “Biocomplexity and geographical approaches to agricultural intensification and human-environment interaction.” Series of seminar commentaries as Invited Outside Discussant to the Seminar of the Hawaiian Biocomplexity Project, Team Leaders Patrick V. Kirch (U. C. Berkeley) and Peter Vitousek (Stanford University), The School for American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico (October 28-November 3).
  • 2006 “Social-ecological hybridity and global change in the dynamics of Andean potato biodiversity.” Technology and Agrarian Development Program (TAO), Wageningen University, Netherlands (October 12).
  • 2006 “Globalization and the ecology of environmental conservation in human-dominated landscapes.” Keynote Address, Symposium on Conserving Birds in Human-Dominated Landscapes: Weaving a Common Future. Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC), The American Museum of Natural History, New York City, New York (April 27-28).
  • 2006 “Humboldt and the Andean World: Cultural interactions and early environmental science.” In Panel on “Alexander von Humboldt and the History of Environmental Thought,” Annual Meeting of the American Society of Environmental History, St. Paul, Minnesota (March 29-April 1).
  • 2006 “GIS analysis of land use and land cover in community-based irrigation management and ethnodevelopment in a semi-arid, tropical mountain environment of Bolivia.” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago (March 7-11).
  • 2006 Panel presentation, “Environmental conservation and governance: The changing role of the state in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago (March 7-11).
  • 2006 Panel presentation, “Political ecologies of knowledge: Reframing the locus and legitimacy of ecological knowlege/power through theoretical and methodological engagements with STS.” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago (March 7-11).
  • 2006 Panel presentation, “Frontiers in human-environment geography I: Theories, concepts, and methods in human-environment studies.” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago (March 7-11).
  • 2006 “Euro-American knowledge networks and the Andean world in the proto-environmental science of Alexander von Humboldt. In Workshop on “Political Ecologies of Knowledge, Science, and Technology,” Organizers Matthew Turner and Mara Goldman, University of Wisconsin—Madison. (March 6-7).
  • 2006 “Envisioning the future of geography: Borderlands within the discipline and in the context of interdisciplinarity.” Department of Geography and College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State University (January 21).
  • 2005 “Environmental change, conservation, and agriculture under neoliberalism in Latin America.” Address to conference entitled “Beyond Neoliberalism? Experiences, Responses, and New Directions in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA), Maxwell School, Syracuse University (April 15).
  • 2005 “Landscapes, local spatial dynamics, and human-environmental change in Andean peasant communities of Bolivia and southern Peru.” Department of Anthropology, Yale University (March 24).
  • 2005 “From natural history to environmental science: Mapping landscape and nature in the Andes.” Colloquium of the Agrarian Studies Program, Yale University (February 4).
  • 2005 “Human-ecological dynamics of agrobiodiversity and conservation.” School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University (February 3).
  • 2004 “Agricultural change dynamics and cultural use of seed size varization in Peru.” Seminar in Culture and Ecology, Columbia University (November 1).
  • 2004 “Geographies of globalizing conservation and agriculture.” Honorary Lecture and Seminar as the Annual Taafe Lecture in Geography, Department of Geography, Ohio State University (September 28).
  • 2004 “Conservation trends, agrobiodiversity, and farmer organizations in Latin America.” Keynote address to the Conference on Sustainable Agriculture in the Americas, School of Forestry and Council on Latin American Studies, Yale University (April 19).
  • 2004 “Globalization and new dimensions of conservation: Exploring the opportunities and dilemmas.” Seminar of SAGE/Sustainability and the Global Environment, University of Wisconsin—Madison (April 7).
  • 2004 “Globalization and Multi-Spatial Trends in the Coverage of Protected-Area Conservation (1980-2000).” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia (March 19).
  • 2004 Plenary Address, “Integrating social and natural sciences: The conceptual framework of agroenvironmental change and farm household portfolio choices.” In Andes Biodiversity Consortium (ABC): 2004 On-Line Conference. www.coexploration.org/ABC2004 (January 28).
  • 2003 Invited Discussant: “Concepts of Landscape and Community in Global Environmental Change of Mountain Habitats: The Andes, Europe, and South Asia.” In Session on The Anthropology of Global Climate and Glacial Retreat, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Anthropology, Chicago (November 16).

Awards

  • Faculty Scholar Award of The Pennsylvania State University for Outstanding Achievement in Social and Behavioral Sciences (2014)
  • Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal (for outstanding work on the dynamic relationships between human cultures and natural resources), American Geographical Society (AGS), 2013 (http://news.psu.edu/story/289566/2013/09/30/research/zimmerer-receives-medal-american-geographical-society)
  • Robert McC Netting Award, Outstanding Research Honor, Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) (2013) ( http://capeaag.wordpress.com/cape-honors/)
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Section on Geology & Geography, AAAS (elected 2012, inducted 2013; http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/fellows/2012.shtml)
  • Annual Ellen Churchill Semple Honorary Lecture, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky (2011)
  • Ralph Brown Honorary Lecture, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota (2009)
  • The Kellett Faculty Fellowship, The Graduate School, University of Wisconsin- Madison (2005-2007)
  • Agrarian Studies Fellowship, Yale University (2004-05)
  • Edward J. Taaffe Distinguished Lecture, Ohio State University (2004)
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, The Guggenheim Foundation, New York (2002-2003)
  • C. O. Sauer Excellence in Scholarship Award, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (1999)
  • H.C. Cowles Award, Biogeography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers (for Changing Fortunes: Biodiversity and Peasant Livelihoods in the Peruvian Andes) (1998)
  • Humanities Research Institute Fellow (1998)
  • H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship University of Wisconsin-Madison (1996)