Meagan M. Mazzarino
Meagan Mazzarino is a Ph.D student at UMass Amherst in the Department of Environmental Conservation. She has received both a B.S. and an M.S. in Geology (from St. Lawrence University and UMass Amherst, respectively) and an M.A. in Environmental Science and Policy (Clark University) Her M.S. thesis focused on the reconstruction of Holocene environmental fluctuations in the Venezuelan Andes based on clay and evaporate mineralogy from a small alkaline lake. In between degrees, Meagan has taught Earth Science and Chemistry at a local high school and has worked part time in a local municipal planning office. She has also served as an associate member for her local Conservation Commission. Meagan’s field of interest is land use and watershed management, particularly integrated watershed management. She recently worked as a research assistant on the Connecting For Conservation project. Working together with her advisor, Paul Barten, Meagan’s dissertation research will investigate changing water resources and adaptation strategies for alpaca herders in the Altiplano in Peru.