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B.A. University of California, Berkeley
M.Sc. Ecology, University of Georgia
M.A. Yale University
M.Ph. Yale University
While research has increased recently related to understanding the biophysical aspects of native species performance in reforestation, restoration and enrichment projects in the tropics, little is know about the social context of such plantings, and even less about the institutional process of addressing these realities in tandem – a necessary task for successful undertaking of such projects. My current research focuses on this role of institution-as-arbiter between the social science and natural science of restoration of the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. In particular, I analyze the biome-wide efforts of the Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact as it unites various institutions in order to confront the diverse ecological and sociological realities that have in recent decades brought the Atlantic Forest to the attention of international conservation interests. My research is mixed-methods and multi-sited and will hopefully contribute to the understanding of institutional strategies and public policy that promote native species plantings as a means of sustainable development on progressively greater scales yet with increasing standards of social competence and ecological viability.
From 1999 to 2003, I worked on sustainable development projects in areas as diverse as Egypt, Mexico and the San Francisco Bay Area.
From 2003 to 2008, I assisted various agroforestry and restoration ecology projects at the Agroecology Laboratory of the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. Projects focused particularly on the conservation of soil organic matter in sub-tropical agricultural conditions. During this period, I also helped found two businesses separate from – but allied with – my work at the Agroecology Laboratory.
From 2006 to 2008, I worked on my Master of Science at the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. My M.Sc. thesis focused on cacao agroforestry practices of the indigenous Ngobe of western Panama, and their incorporation into the transnational Mesoamerican Biological Corridor project. During this same period I assisted the Native Species Reforestation Project (PRORENA) and the Environmental Leadership Training Initiative (ELTI), both joint initiatives of Yale F&ES and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Since 2008, I have been working as a Teaching Fellow, and participating in the Yale Silviculture Lab as well as the Social Ecology Lab, with occasional work for ELTI. At Yale my research has focused on the social and political ecology of conservation and development in Brazil, particularly related to native species reforestation in agricultural landscapes.