Antoinette WinklerPrins, PhD

Antoinette WinklerPrins, PhD, is Program Director for the cluster of Environmental Studies Programs that include the Environmental Sciences and Policy M.Sc. Program, the Energy, Policy and Climate M.Sc. program, and the M.Sc. and Certificate programs in Geographic Information Systems at Johns Hopkins University. She also holds an appointment in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins. Antoinette holds a Ph.D. in geography, with a minor in soil science, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. She was a post-doc at ITC-Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, in Enschede, The Netherlands. She was also a consultant for IPAM-Projecto Várzea in Santarém, Brazil and has held a visiting scholar position in the Department of Environmental Geography at UNAM-Morélia in Mexico. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins Antoinette was on the faculty of the Department of Geography at Michigan State University where she was also core faculty in the Environmental Sciences and Policy Program, the Center for Advanced Study of International Development, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for Gender in Global Context. Antoinette has served as a Regional Councilor for the Association of American Geographers and has been the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. Most recently she served as a Program Director of the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation where she was also involved with a number of sustainability science programs.

Antoinette’s academic research has focused on environmental knowledge systems, smallholder agriculture, agro-biodiversity, and sustainable livelihoods in urban and rural areas of developing countries. Much of her research has been conducted in the Brazilian Amazon, but she has also been involved in research projects in Kenya, Mexico, and the U.S.A. Her current research focuses on Amazonian Dark Earths (fertile anthropogenic soils), how they were created in the past, how they may be recreated in the future, and their implication for conservation and development for the Amazon region. Together with Mexican colleagues she also has an active project, supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society, analyzing changing natural resource use, sustainable management, and the resultant cultural landscapes of Baja California of Mexico.

Courses that Antoinette teaches at Johns Hopkins Antoinette include Sustainable Food Systems (420.668), Soils in Natural and Anthropogenic Environments (420.620), and the Independent Research Project in Environmental Sciences and Policy (420.800).  In the future she hopes to develop courses on environment and development, as well as field-based environmental courses in Nepal, the North American Great Lakes, the Netherlands, and Brazil.

For more information about Antoinette, visit her web page.

Antoinette WinklerPrins