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Jonathan Walz

SIT-Graduate Institute

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Jonathan Walz holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. For the last seven years, he has led an undergraduate program on coastal ecology in Zanzibar and a Master’s degree on climate change based in Iceland and Tanzania. He serves as a Research Associate at The Field Museum in Chicago and currently leads a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad on African innovation in an era of climate change.

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Peter Schmidt, Jonathan Walz, Jackline Besigye, and Julius Lejju. 2024. “A Tapestry of Human-Induced and Climate-Driven Environmental Change in Western Uganda: The Ndali Crater Lakes Region.” History in Africa.

Guy Edwards, Paul Gellert, Omar Faruque, Kathryn Hochstetler, Pamela McElwee, Prakash Kashwan, Ruth McKie, Carlos Milani, Timmons Roberts, Jonathan Walz. 2023. “Climate Obstruction in the Global South: Future Research Trajectories.” PLOS Climate: e0000241.

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 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.