Natalie Arroyo

Lecturer - Environmental Conflict Resolution

Natalie Arroyo
(707) 826-3827
Brookins House, Rm. 106

In teaching Environmental Conflict Resolution, I strive to support students while they explore their own individual responses to conflict, develop their communication strengths, deepen their sense of empathy and understanding of others, and develop solutions that attend to natural resource issues and human communities alike. I aim to provide students with exposure to current issues facing the local community through guest lectures, multi-media presentations, and in-depth projects. Students can expect to spend plentiful time in the classroom interacting with one another, discussing and analyzing real-world environmental issues, and practicing facilitation and leadership skills. My related interests include land use planning, community engagement, fostering constructive community dialogue, and addressing racialized inequities as a necessity to develop positive outcomes for our shared future.

My path has been a little different from most people who find themselves teaching at the university level. I earned my B.A. degree in Florida, then moved across the country and changed directions to work in watershed science as an AmeriCorps National Service member beginning in 2006. I have worked in Humboldt County as a natural resources-focused planner since 2007, have a background in fisheries and watershed restoration-related fieldwork, have served on local environmental organizations’ boards, and serve as a local elected official. I am also a current member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, stationed on Humboldt Bay, where I am responsible for supporting a mission of pollution prevention and response. I bring a depth of experience as a natural resources management practitioner and decision-maker to the classroom. I consider the classroom a learning environment equally for my students and myself, and love teaching this class, which brings together all of my nerdiest yet most meaningful interests!


B.A., University of Florida, Political Science

Courses Taught

ESM-305, Environmental Conflict Resolution