GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

Instructor Information


Meg Boyle

Meg is currently a third-year PhD Candidate in the Penn State Department of Geography. She is originally from Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, and holds a BA in Biology and Environmental studies from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She earned her MPA at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in Seattle. Meg came to Penn State from Washington D.C., following a professional career as an international climate policy advocate and grantmaker. She is interested in international climate governance, and currently studies the Paris Agreement as a model of international cooperation- including how its country-by-country approach to climate commitments affects how countries work together, and with communities, to address issues of climate vulnerability and food insecurity. Meg is a past instructor of Geography 30 at Penn State, and along with Gabriel is a returning member of a Geography 430 teaching team.

Gabriel Tamariz

Gabriel is from Mexico City, has a BA in International Relations (Mexico) and a MSc in Political Ecology (Barcelona), and is now doing a PhD in Geography at Penn State. He is most interested in the interactions between agrobiodiversity, food sovereignty, and power, particularly in violent conflict and post-conflict landscapes. He is currently working on a dissertation research on agrobiodiversity change in drug war landscapes in Mexico.