Meet Dr. Meredith Hovis, a first-year postdoc working at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. Dr. Hovis’ research focuses on the interaction between people and the environment. She is interested in policymaking, particularly in how policies can help manage and preserve natural resources and help to mitigate the effects of natural disasters. In this video, Dr. Hovis describes the work she has done over the last year pertaining to the Colorado River Basin and agrovoltaics.
Dr. Hovis has also contributed to the Udall Center’s “Shades of Urban Greening,” project. This work, in part, has investigated the preferences of South Tucson residents regarding ‘green infrastructure.’ With the known benefit that ‘green infrastructure,’ such as parks, have on communities, this is an attempt to increase these resources in South Tucson while respecting the wishes of those living in the area.
On another note, Dr. Hovis is excited to share that she will return to her home state of North Carolina to work as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In this role, Dr. Hovis will be able to combine her interests in research and teaching in Environmental Social Science.
Dr. Hovis believes her time as a postdoc at the University of Arizona has given her additional tools for understanding drought management, which complements her experiences in handling hurricane and flood disasters.
Postdoctoral Affairs wishes Dr. Hovis the best in her new role, and we are excited to see how her career continues to blossom!