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Tyler Harlan

Tyler Harlan


Ph.D. UCLA, 2017

Tyler Harlan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Atkinson Center for Sustainability at Cornell University. He received his doctorate in Geography from UCLA in 2017, where he researched clean energy and climate policy in China and its effects on natural resource management and regional development. He spends a lot of time in China, in big cities on the east coast and remote river valleys in the southwest, and he speaks Chinese (almost) fluently. Before UCLA, Tyler completed an MPhil at the University of Melbourne and worked as a policy and strategy lead for an Asia-Australia research institute. Tyler is originally from Arkansas but have lived in several cities in the world at one time or another.  Tyler has taught Introduction to GIS for two years at UCLA, along with courses on environmental policy, the political economy of development, and China. He uses geospatial tools regularly in his research and enjoys seeing others learn and advance their skills.  Outside of research and teaching, you can find Tyler outside: He loves to trail run, backpack, fly fish, and canoe, especially in the giant playground of the Sierra Nevada

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