Meredith Hovis

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Environmental Policy Programs, Udall Center

Meredith Hovis

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Environmental Policy Programs, Udall Center

Meredith graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, with a Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental Resources in May 2022, studying nature-based solutions (NBS) for flood hazard mitigation in rural, Eastern North Carolina. Her research interests include studying land governance strategies to mitigate climate change impacts like flooding in North Carolina's Coastal Plain. She also researches land ownership, governance, and ecosystem services of community-based forest management in the United States.

Meredith previously served as the Executive Director for the Southeast and Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership to help connect recovery and resilience professionals with one another to accelerate recovery funds, explore innovative adaptation strategies, and share best practices and resources to advance resiliency in the U.S. Southeast and the Caribbean. Previously, Meredith completed an M.S. in Natural Resources, focusing on Policy and Administration, from North Carolina State University in 2018. Her thesis research involved developing a citizen science project, Hofmann Open Water Laboratory (HOWL), and evaluating its impacts on the citizen scientist participants and socio-ecological conditions.

Prior, Meredith obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Sustainability and Spanish from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC in 2016. Her undergraduate research compared carbon fluxes between forest and prairie soils to understand the impacts of land use change over time. During her undergraduate, she also spent a semester studying abroad at La Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica in Heredia, Costa Rica, where she volunteered her time at the campus' forestry nursery, cataloging different plant species, and at a local high school, teaching students English.

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