Human Use of the Environment

Human Use of the Environment

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Geography 430 is an active, creative learning community focused around understanding the changing relationships between people and their environments, the causes and consequences of environmental degradation, strategies for building a more sustainable world, and the methods and approaches that scholars have used to understand human-environment interactions. The primary course objectives are to help geographers, earth scientists, and other professionals to deepen their appreciation for the complexity of human-environment systems and to develop skills that allow them to interpret, analyze, and communicate effectively regarding human-environment interactions in their lives as students, professionals, and citizens.

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GEOG 430


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Bronwen Powell

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Bronwen Powell (she/her) is an associate professor of Geography, African Studies and Anthropology (courtesy). Broadly, her research examines the social, cultural, and environmental drivers of human nutrition, diet, and food security. Her recent research focuses on how forests, landscape diversity, and land use change contribute to human diet and nutrition. Most recently she has been examining how climate change, land use change, market access, and policy change impact the food systems and diets of rural and Indigenous peoples around the world (Tanzania, Indonesia, Alaska).

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Travis Tennessen

Travis Tennessen, PhD, works in the Center for Service-Learning at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied and taught about environmental history and community-based natural resource management. The Sarvodaya philosophy and movements have inspired his teaching and community organizing efforts, including the Community Engagement Fellows program he leads. Several years ago Travis gave a TEDx talk inspired by the Sri Lankan Sarvodaya movement entitled, “Creating Universities of Life.”  He served on the Sarvodaya USA board for several years, and now stays involved as a consultant. 

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