Academics - Faculty Profiles

Melinda Herrold-Menzies, PhD
Associate Professor of Environmental Analysis

Melinda Herrold-Menzies, PhD

Research Interests:

Conflicts over natural resources, gender and the environment, nature reserves in China and Russia, natural history, California cultures and ecosystems

Recent Courses

Introduction to Environmental Studies (EA10)
California’s Landscapes: Diverse Peoples and Ecosystems (EA74)
Environmental Change in China and East Asia (EA90)
Doing Natural History (EA104)
Protecting Nature: Parks, Conservation Areas, and People (EA124)
Nature through Film (EA154)
Gender, Environment, and Development (EA162)

Selected Publications:

“Spies in the Marsh or Post-Soviet Saviors? Crane Conservation and Community Development in the Russian Far East.” Society & Natural Resources, vol. 25. no. 8 (2012)

“Muraviovka Residents and Muraviovka Park,” Zhuravl’ (March 2011).

“Reading the Tea Leaves-Interpreting the Meaning and Significance of China's Climate Commitments: Blog Review of ‘China Environmental Law’ and “The Green Leap Forward,’ ” Asian Politics and Policy, vol.2, no. 4 (fall 2010).

“Peasant Resistance against Nature Reserves,” in You-tien Hsing and Ching Kwan Lee, eds., Reclaiming Chinese Society: The New Social Activism. New York: Routledge Press, 2009.

“Boating on the Sea of Grass: Western Development, Ecotourism and Elite Capture in Guizhou, China,” Asian Geographer, vol.25, no.1-2 (2009).

“The Post-Collective Village: A Tale of Two Transitions," World Development, vol.37, no.1 (January 2009).

“Gender, Microcredit and Conservation at Caohai: An Attempt to Link Women, Conservation and Development in China,” in Bernadette Resurreccion and Rebecca Elmhirst. eds., Gender and Natural Resource Management: Livelihoods, Mobility and Interventions. London: Earthscan, 2008.

“Integrating Conservation and Development,” The Journal of Environment and Development, vol.15, no. 4 (December 2006).

“From Adversary to Partner: the Evolving Role of Caohai Nature Reserve in the Lives of Reserve Residents.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies, vol. 27 no. 1 (2006).

Herrold, Melinda and Josh Newell. 2004. “Amur Oblast.” In Chapter 5 in The Russian Far East: A Reference Guide for Conservation and Development, Josh Newell, ed. Daniel & Daniel Publishers/Friends of the Earth Japan.

Ren Xiaodong, Huang Mingjie, and Herrold, MK. 2002. “Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) Survey on Fanjingshan Nature Reserve.” Journal of Guizhou Normal University Natural Sciences 20(1): 25-28. (In Chinese.)

Herrold, Melinda. 2001. “Which Truth? Cultural Politics and Vodka in Rural Russia.” Geographical Review 91(1-2): 295-303.

Herrold, Melinda. 1999. “The Cranes of Caohai and other Incidents of Field Work in Guizhou, China.” Geographical Review 89(3): 441-448.

Selected Recent Conferences and Invited Talks:

“Sea Otters, Russians, Missionaries and Mandarins: California in the 18th and 19th Centuries, ” paper presented at the American Society of Environmental History Annual Meeting, Madison, WI. March 2012.

“Energy, the Environment, and Perspectives on Climate Change in China,” invited Speaker, China Town Hall. National Committee on United States-China Relations and Northwest China Council, Portland, OR, November 2011.

“Critical Environmental Problems Facing China Today,” invited speaker, National China Town Hall. National Committee of United-States China Relations and the World Affairs Council of Arizona. Phoenix, AZ, October 2010.

"Spies in the Park or Post-Soviet Saviors? Crane Conservation and Community Development in the Russian Far East," paper presented at the Association for American Geographers Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, March 2009.

"Violence in the Marsh: Enclosure, Community Development, and Changing Patterns of Resistance around Caohai Nature Reserve," paper presented at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, April 2008.

“Human Rights and Nature Reserves in China,” invited presentation for the China and Human Rights Symposium, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California, March 2008.

“Boating on the Sea of Grass: Western Development, Tourism, Resistance, and Local Empowerment,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting for the Association of American Geographers in San Francisco, CA, April 2007.

“Microcredit at Caohai, China: One Effort to Link Conservation, Development and Women,” invited speaker, Women’s Studies Seminar, Huntington Library and Botanic Gardens, San Marino, CA, February 2007.

“Post-Collective Villages in Russia and China” and “Integrating Conservation and Development: A Look at Projects in Russia and China,” invited lectures, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley, October 2006.

“Caohai Nature Reserve and Infrastructure Development: Why the impacts of a nature reserve’s infrastructure projects apparently outweigh those of China’s Western Development Project,” paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 2005.

“When the Wasteland is remembered as an Eden: discrepancies between Visitor Center displays and the recollections of local people at Caohai Nature Reserve, Guizhou, China,” paper presented at the American Society of Environmental History Annual Meeting, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, April 2004.

“From Adversary to Partner: the Evolving Role of a Nature Reserve in the Lives of Reserve Residents,” paper presented at the Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting, New York City, March 2003.