Olivia Prendergast

Undergraduate Researcher

Olivia is currently an undergraduate senior in the Human Geography department here at UW Madison. This past spring, she studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and, given that experience, is very excited to be working with Professor Holly Gibbs on her work tracking cattle ranching farms in the Brazilian Amazon. In addition, Olivia is currently conducting research with a group for her colloquium course in the Geography department on the food cart landscape in Madison. She also works at Banzo, one of the newer food carts in Madison, which allows her an inside view of the socio-spatial dialectic that surrounds mobile food geographies. Beyond that, Olivia is passionate about languages, and hopes to not only continue mastering Portuguese in the coming years, but also to pick up another couple of languages along the way. She also wants to use this knowledge to one day develop sustainable city projects and transportation in countries like Brazil. To be fair, she has many passions beyond geography as well, including live music, cooking, photography, climbing and coloring. At the moment, Olivia is concentrating on her graduation in the Spring, and over the summer, hopes to travel to Kenya to build community gardens through the Slow Food Movement.