Jeff Vance Martin

  • PhD - Geography, University of California, Berkeley (2020)
  • MSc - Environmental Governance, University of Manchester (2011)
  • BA - Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2008)


Jeff is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the U.S. Forest Service Research Participation Program based out of the Pacific Northwest Research Station, and retains a visiting scholar association with Berkeley Geography.

His work sits at the intersection of environmental governance, critical economic geography, and food systems studies, with dissertation research focused on the aftermath of gray wolf return to the working landscapes of Central Idaho. Drawing on insights from political ecology, environmental history, and more-than-human geography, this work considers themes of rewilding, public lands livestock grazing, and human-wildlife conflict together with “New West” political economic transformations, land use politics, and right-wing rural populism.

Other research interests include socio-ecological complexity and applied interdisciplinarity, and questions of worldbuilding, speculative fiction, and storytelling. He is a recipient of UC Berkeley’s Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award as well as the Department of Geography’s Graduate Student Departmental Service Award (2020).

He is also a practicing artist, cook, and gamemaster, and lives with his partner and their animal companion, Magnus, in Oakland, California.