Dr. Meredith's interest is the management of ecological resources, with a particular focus on environmental impact assessment and community response to environmental change (Link). He maintains active research on community-based environmental protection strategies that bring both scientific and local or traditional information into environmental decision-making. Current and recent research sites include mountain forest communities in Quebec, British Columbia, Mexico and East Africa.
In 1979 he joined the Department of Geography at McGill University. From 1981 to 1993, was the director of the McGill's Environmental Studies Program. Currently, he is Director of the Canadian Field Study in Africa and McGill’s African Field Study Semester. He has lived and worked in Canada, England, Mexico and Kenya.
Professional field : environmental management
Kull, Christian A., Camellia K. Ibrahim, Thomas C. Meredith. 2007. Tropical forest transitions and globalization: neoliberalism, migration, tourism, and international conservation agendas. Society and Natural Resources 20 (8): 723-737.
Dressler, W.H., C.A. Kull, and T.C. Meredith. 2006. The politics of decentralizing national parks management in the Philippines. Political Geography 25 (7): 789-826.
Kull, Christian A., Ibrahim, Camellia K., and Thom Meredith. 2006. Can Privatization Conserve the Global Biodiversity Commons? Tropical Reforestation through Globalization. Presented at "Survival of the Commons: Mounting Challenges and New Realities," the Eleventh Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property, Bali, Indonesia, June 19-23, 2006. Published on line at: Digital Library of the Commons (The Trustees of Indiana University) http://dlc.dlib.indiana.edu/archive/00001944/
* Meredith, Thomas C., George Dias and Leah Wilson. 2005. Principles behind the CBED decision support procedure. Pp 74. In CEC and TNC. 2005. North American Central grasslands priority conservation areas: technical report and documentation. Eds. J.W. Karl and J. Hoth. Commission for Environmental Cooperation and The Nature Conservancy. Montreal, Quebec.
Balram, S, Dragicevic, S and Meredith, T. (2004). A collaborative GIS method for integrating local and technical knowledge in establishing biodiversity conservation priorities. Biodiversity and Conservation, 13:6 1195-1208
Meredith, Thomas C, (2004), “Community Participation in Environmental Information Management: Exploring Tools for Developing an Impact Assessment Preparedness Program” Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Research and Development Monograph Series, 2000. 85 pp. (In French and English)
Meredith, Thomas C, (2004), “Assessing Environmental Impacts in Canada” in Bruce Mitchell (ed) Resource and Environmental Management in Canada: Addressing Conflict and Uncertainty. OUP. Toronto. 467-498.
Meredith, Thomas C, Sonja Klinsky, Matthew Straub, Daniel Hackett, (2004). Caring for Community: An Environmental Atlas for Sustainable development of Montreal’s West Island. McGill University Project on Community Based Environmental Decision Support. Montreal. 60 pp.
Balram, S, Dragicevic, S and Meredith, T (2003). Achieving effectiveness in stakeholder participation using the GIS‑based Collaborative Spatial Delphi Methodology. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 5:2 365‑394.
Meredith, Thomas C., Gregory G. Yetman and Gisela Frias (2002). Mexican and Canadian case studies of community-based spatial information management for biodiversity conservation. In: William J. Craig, Trevor M. Harris and Daniel Weiner (eds.), Community Participation and Geographic Information Systems. Taylor and Francis. London. 205-217.
_________(2002). Democracy and Participation in Environmental Decision-Making Human Ecology Review, 9:1 62-63.
_________(2002). Using Spatial Decision Support Systems in Expert Workshops Human Ecology Review, 9:1 72-76.
_________and Gisela Frias (2002). Cross Cultural Participation in Sustainable Development: Canadian Academic Involvement with Mexican ENGOs. Human Ecology Review, 9:1 77-81
_________ (2002) Assessing Environmental Impacts in Canada. in Greenbaum, Alan, Alex Wellington and Ron Pushchak (eds) Environmental Law in Social Context: A Canadian Perspective. Captus Press, Concord, Ont. pp 287-293
_________(2000) Reaching Consensus on Biodiversity Conservation Priority Regions: A report on the Commission for Environmental Cooperation Strategic Directions for the Conservation of Biodiversity. CBED. McGill University Department of Geography. 118 pp.
_________(1999). Cosmologies, Concepts and Commitment: Using Biodiversity Indicators in Critical Zones Models. In John Pierce and Ann Dale (eds.) Achieving Sustainable Development. UBC Press 243-276.
_________ with W. Smith and T. Johns. (1999). Exploring methods for conservation of woody vegetation in the Batemi Valley, North Central Tanzania. Biodiversity and Conservation 8: 447-470. (2nd Author).
_________ with W. Smith (1999) Identifying biodiversity priorities based on local values and abundance data. in D.A.Posey (ed). Cultural and Spiritual Values of Biodiversity. UNEP 372‑375. (2nd author).
_________ (1999) Empowerment, Marginalization and Public Participation in Community-Based Biodiversity Conservation in Craig, W.J., T. Harris and D. Weiner (eds). Empowerment, Marginalization and Public Participation: Report of Specialists Meeting. NCGIA, UCSB, Santa Barbara. P 58 (Abstract. Full paper at http://www.ncgia.ucsb.edu/varenius/ppgis/papers/meredith.html.)
_________ (1999) Human Ecology and the Human Condition (Open letter from the president of the Society for Human Ecology). Human Ecology Review 6:2, 132‑134.
__________(1997) Linking Science with Citizens: Exploring the use of geographic information and analysis in community-based biodiversity conservation initiatives. Human Ecology Review 3:2 231-237.
_________ (1997). Making Knowledge Powerful: Mexican Village Project Uses Environmental Information Technology to Strengthen Community Voices in Biodiversity Conservation. Alternatives 23:4. 28-35
_________ (1997) Information Limitations in Participatory Impact Assessment. In : John Sinclair ed. Environmental Impact Assessment in Canada. University of Waterloo Press. pp 125-154.
_________ with E. Shenkier. (1997). Euro-North American and Indigenous Perception of the Natural Environment: the case of the Algonquin of Barriere Lake. In A. Wellington (ed.) Canadian Issues in Environmental Ethics Broadview Press, Toronto. (2nd author).
_________ with W. Smith and T. Johns. (1996). The use and conservation of woody vegetation by the Batemi, North Central Tanzania. Economic Botany. (2nd author).
________ (1995) Assessing Environmental Impacts in Canada. In B. Mitchell (ed.) Resource and Environmental Management in Canada. OUP. 360-383.
_________ (1995) Geographic information and community-based environmental decisions. In R. Alvarez (ed.) Memorias: Sociedad Latinamericana de Perception Remota. SELPER-Mexico, A.C., 203-215
FQRSC -- team grant: Community-based Environmental Decision Support
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency -- Community Participation in Environmental
Village of Senneville B Evaluating ecological conservation strategies -- 2001-2002 $8000
Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NAFTA) -- Defining North American Biodiversity
SSHRC -- Community-Based Environmental Decision Support -- 2000-2003 $67,000
FCAR -- team grant: Community-Based Biodiversity Conservation (Meredith PI in group of 5 ) -- 1999-2002 $225,000
SSHRC -- Community -University Research Alliance Development Funding -- 1999-2000 $5,000
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