Faculty and Staff:
Associate Professor and Program Chair
Climate Change and Global Sustainability
PhD, University of Florida
MA, University of Florida
BA, University of North Carolina
Richard Walz completed his PhD at the University of Florida, where he served as a foreign language and area studies fellow at the Center for African Studies. Funded by Fulbright-Hays, his doctoral research produced a 1,500-year history of human settlement and environmental change for the region between the Swahili Coast and the Eastern Arc Mountains of northeastern Tanzania. Dr. Walz is the co-founder of the Institute for Indian Ocean Heritage and serves as a research associate at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. His expertise concerns the anthropology and historical ecology of eastern Africa and the western Indian Ocean. His ongoing and published research addresses long-term social and environmental change, the application of climate proxies, and the effects of contemporary climate change on communities and ecosystems in East Africa and the western Indian Ocean. He taught for three years in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program at the University of Florida and for five years at a liberal arts college, where he won multiple teaching awards and internal and external research funding for projects in the Indian Ocean region, and he currently directs SIT programs in coastal ecology and climate change in Tanzania-Zanzibar.