Christopher Meindl

Associate Professor & Director, Florida Studies Program


Office: SNL 100
Phone: 727.873.4961


Christopher Meindl is a geographer who cares deeply about Florida’s environment. As a native Floridian, geography professor and Director of the USF’s graduate level Florida Studies Program, he gets to live his dream every day: reading, exploring and helping students learn about connections between people and the environment in the Sunshine State.

Born and raised in Florida, I watched Melbourne Beach and the barrier island I grew up on change from a sparsely settled playground to a landscape completely covered with development in 20 years. I am an environmental geographer, interested in environmental politics and the influence of neoliberalism on water and environmental management, especially in Florida. I direct the Florida Studies Program at USF St. Petersburg.


  • PhD (Geography) 1996, University of Florida
  • MA (Geography) 1993, University of North Dakota
  • MA (History) 1991, San Diego State University
  • BS (Social Science) 1983, Florida Southern College


Meindl teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in water resources management; Florida springs; water quality policy and management; and wetlands, people and public policy. Some of these courses are taught in a hybrid format, in which students read, view recorded lectures on-line, engage in some research and meet just four times a semester for day-long discussions and field trips to a range of sites around the state.

Specialty Area

Water Resources, Wetlands, Springs, Water and Environmental Management, Natural Hazards, Environmental Historical Geography, Neoliberalism, Florida

Recent Publications

Meindl's research and publications