Welcome to Our New Faculty Member, Dr. Megan Ybarra!

We also want to extend a very warm welcome to Dr. Megan Ybarra, who will be joining our department in the Fall! Dr. Ybarra brings with her interests in conservation, race, and citizenship, which will greatly enhance the department! Find out more about her interests and academic history below:





I completed my PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management at UC Berkeley. To date, my research has focused on the articulation of conservation, race, and remilitarization in Guatemala’s Maya Forest. I am also interested in migration, borders and citizenship in the Américas.

Welcome to our New Faculty Member, Dr. Christine Biermann!

We are absolutely thrilled that Dr. Christine Biermann will be joining our Department starting next Autumn! She brings with her new perspectives and research interests, which we are sure will very much strengthen our department’s teaching and research. Check out how Dr. Biermann describes her own interests below:



I am a nature-society geographer with training in both human and physical geography. I am graduating with my Ph.D. in Geography from Ohio State University this May, and my current research explores the politics of ecological restoration and de-extinction projects. I am excited to work with students to better understand ‘nature’ from both social and biophysical perspectives, and I can’t wait to learn more about environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest.