My name is Matthew Leddy and I am a student in the 5 year M.S. + Ph.D. program. I received my B.S. in Geosciences from Penn State University, where I completed a senior thesis in palynology on the paleoecological and paleoclimatological changes in Bear Meadows Natural Area since the Last Glacial Maximum. I have also performed an independent research study on the climatological impacts of land use and land change activities, such as deforestation, urbanization, agriculture, and geoengineering. I have some background in using ArcGIS, which I used for geomapping on a 6-week Geosciences Field Camp out West. Lastly, I have completed a literature review synthesis looking at different approaches to forest and mangrove management plans for environmental justice in Africa, including the successes and failures of government conservation programs versus community-based projects.
I am very excited to now be in the Geography program, where I hope to perform research on environmental and climate justice. Some of my research interests include conservation of biodiversity and natural resources, and climate change impacts on vulnerable communities. In my research, I hope to lift marginalized and indigenous voices who have been hit particularly hard by current environmental crises.