Hello and welcome! I’m Gabriel Tamariz, your instructor this semester. Here's a little bit about me:
I am originally from Mexico City, where I earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) (2010). I later completed M.S. studies in Political Ecology in the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) (2013). Currently I am an instructor for geography undergraduate courses both in Penn State and UNAM, and a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Geography at Penn State.
I have worked in several agro-ecology and agro-biodiversity projects in the government of Mexico for the conservation of diversified, just, and nutritious smallholder farmer systems. My current research analyses the interactions between violence, illegal-drug crops, and agro-biodiversity. My dissertation is focused on how the cultivation of marihuana and opium poppy has transformed the landscapes and livelihoods of vulnerable smallholder farmers in the highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico.