Matthew W. Luizza

Matthew W. Luizza
PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, Colorado State University

I am a third year PhD student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU and a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Fellow, working with advisor Michele Betsill (Department of Political Science) and co-advisor Paul Evangelista (Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory). My passion is working with communities in remote places to protect their sacred landscapes while preserving their local livelihoods. Through collaborative conservation and engaging the science-policy interface, my research combines the worlds of ecology, ethnobotany, anthropology and political science, as I explore the integration of local ecological knowledge and geospatial mapping and modeling to address environmental challenges of indigenous communities in Alaska and Ethiopia.

Other Affiliations: 
Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE)
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts