Hannah Legatzke is a Ph.D. candidate in Natural Resource Sciences and Management from Oak Park, Illinois. In her dissertation research, she collaborates with Rainforest Alliance, the Association of Forest Communities of the Petén, and researchers from the University of San Carlos-Petén investigating how tourism management can be made more sustainable by better supporting local livelihoods and community empowerment within the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala. She is interested in how community-based natural resource management, improved understandings of socio-environmental systems, and mixed methods and participatory research can be leveraged to support social and environmental justice. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Hannah served as the Asylum Intake Coordinator at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle, Washington where she assisted asylum seekers from across the globe in finding legal representation. Hannah has been awarded funding for her graduate studies and research from the University of Minnesota Yudof Fellowship, Consortium on Laws and Values, Thesis Research Travel Grant, and Noel Knorr Graduate Fellowship. She is passionate about teaching and has worked as a teaching assistant for courses in field ecology, environmental policy, communications, and natural resource economics. Hannah is a member of the Natural Resource Association of Graduate Students, and has served as a program representative for CFANS Graduate Student Board, and as an officer for the University of Minnesota Salsa Club.
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B.S. Environmental Sciences and Anthropology, University of Notre Dame