Christopher F. Meindl, Ph.D.

Associate Professor – Geography
Ph.D. Geography, University of Florida, 1996

(727) 873-4961
DAV 242

I am a geographer, firmly rooted in the human-environment interaction tradition. I am interested in environmental management—particularly the gap between science and policy—especially in water resources such as springs, lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Florida is my regional focus. My methods include occasional qualitative work, field-based data collection, and examination of archival material. My approach often includes a historical dimension. I am a fan of field observation and experience, reading widely, critically analyzing data, and constantly working to improve as a writer.


  • Advanced Regional Geography: Florida

  • Florida Springs

  • Natural Hazards

  • The Human Footprint on the Landscape

  • Water Resources Management

  • Intro to Graduate Studies

  • Wetlands, People, and Public Policy

  • Intro to Human Geography


* = students

  • Marilyn Paulson*, Cole Ewell*, and Christopher F. Meindl. 2021. Florida’s Efforts to Assume Section 404 Permitting. Wetlands Ecology and Management. 29 (1): 169-180.

  • Ana Maria Quintero* and Christopher F. Meindl. 2019. Politics, the Environment and USF St. Petersburg Students. Florida Geographer. 51: 1-25.

  • Christopher F. Meindl. 2018. Florida’s Springs: Growth, Tourism, Politics. In Geoffrey L. Buckley and Yolonda Youngs (eds.), The American Environment Revisited. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 255-273.

  • Noah J. Mueller* and Christopher F. Meindl. 2017. Vulnerability of Caribbean Island Cemeteries to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge. Coastal Management. 45(4): 1-16.

  • Cristina M. Schoonard*, Jennifer M. Collins, Charles Paxton, and Christopher F. Meindl. 2014. Explaining the spatial variability of summer rainfall in Pinellas County, Florida.  Physical Geography. 35 (2): 1-16.

  • Andrew Fairbanks*, Jennifer Wunderlich*, and Christopher F. Meindl. 2013. Talking Trash: A Short History of Solid Waste Management in Florida. Florida Historical Quarterly. 91(4 Spring):  526-557. Won the Arthur W. Thompson Award for best article in Volume 91.

  • Britni N. Tokotch*, Christopher  F.  Meindl, Armando Hoare, and Michael Jepson. 2012. Stakeholder Perceptions of the Northern Gulf of Mexico Grouper and Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota Program. Marine Policy. 36 (1): 34-41.

  • Christopher F. Meindl. 2011. Water, Water, Everywhere? Toward a Critical Water Geography of the South. Southeastern Geographer. 51 (4): 615-640.

  • Nelson M. Blake, Christopher F. Meindl, Steven Noll and David Tegeder.  2010 (updated edition). Land into Water, Water into Land: A History of Water Management in Florida. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.  (I contributed three new chapters.)

  • Christopher F. Meindl. 2004. Southerners and Their Swamps: The View from Middle Georgia. Southeastern Geographer. 44 (1): 74-89.

  • Ary J. Lamme and Christopher F. Meindl. 2002. A Vibrant Cultural Boundary Florida. Southeastern Geographer. 42 (2): 274-295.

  • Christopher F. Meindl, Derek H. Alderman, and Peter Waylen. 2002. On the Importance of Environmental Claims Making: The Role of James O. Wright in Promoting the Drainage of Florida’s Everglades in the Early 20th Century. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 92 (4): 682-701.

  • Christopher F. Meindl. 2000. Past perceptions of the Great American Wetland: Florida’s Everglades during the Early 20th century. Environmental History. 5 (3): 378-395.