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Jonathan Walz

SIT-Graduate Institute

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Jonathan Walz studies the contemporary and long-term human-environment interface, including climate change, in East Africa and the western Indian Ocean. Dr. Walz has conducted or collaborated on research projects in Tanzania, India, and elsewhere. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. For the last five years, Jonathan has led an undergraduate program on coastal ecology in Zanzibar and Seychelles and a Master’s degree on Climate Change in Iceland and Tanzania. He serves as a Research Associate at The Field Museum in Chicago and is co-editor of a new Routledge series: Critical Climate Studies.

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Jonathan Walz & Rowan Sharkey. 2021. “Climate Change on Zanzibar (Unguja) Island: The Outcomes, Factors, and Origins of an Unnatural Disaster.” Conference: Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World since 1800, Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University. Montreal, Canada.

Jonathan Walz2021. “Climate Change in Zanzibar and Seychelles: Comparative Socio-ecological Outcomes in an Era of Uncertainty.” Conference: 15th Annual International African Studies Conference, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (May). Moscow, Russia.

Jonathan Walz. 2021. “The Great Guano Rush of 2007-2008: ‘Filth’, Bats, and Food Sovereignty on Northern Pemba Island, Tanzania. Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History (Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität), 31. 

Garth Myers, Jonathan Walz, & Aboud Jumbe2020. “Trends in Urban Planning, Climate Adaptation and Resilience in Zanzibar, Tanzania.” Town and Regional Planning.

Kristina Douglass, Jonathan Walz, Eréndira Quintana-Morales, Richard Marcus, Garth Myers, & Jacques Pollini2019. “Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Human-Environment Dynamics in Southeast Africa.” Conservation Biology.

Jonathan Walz2019. “Resilience through Innovation and Cooperation: Agriculture, Climate Change and the State on Pemba Island, Tanzania.” Conference: African Climate Risks – Dismantling Barriers to Urgent Climate Action (October). Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.