Peter Walker is Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon, where has served since 1997. He received his PhD in Geography at the University of California at Berkeley 1997, and his Masters in Public Policy, with a specialization in environmental policy, from Harvard University in 1990. His research focuses on the social and cultural dimensions of land use conflicts, with regional focus on the American West and southern Africa. In 2011 Professor Walker published Planning Paradise: Politics and Visioning of Land Use in Oregon, co-authored with Professor Patrick Hurley. Walker spent much of January and February, 2016, in Harney County observing and listening to the local community, local leaders, and the armed occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.