About Matt Luizza
Matt is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU, advised by Michele Betsill and Paul Evangelista. He will be working in Ethiopia mapping and modeling ecosystem services important to the Oromo people in the Bale Mountains region, exploring the relationships between species diversity and the sustainable production of these services. The goal is to integrate traditional ecological knowledge and scientific knowledge through collaboration to foster adaptive collaborative governance and create modeling scenarios that facilitate sustainable management and effective conservation practices. The method and approaches of the Ethiopia project will be replicated with research conducted with a Native American tribe in the western United States.