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B.S., Biology, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, 1996.
I have received the University of Rhode island 2013 Early Career Faculty Research Excellence Award
In the 2009 American Anthropological Association Meetings I received the Anthropology and Environment Section's 2009 Junior Scholar Award
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I get this question a lot: What does an Ecological/Environmental Anthropologist actually do?
I strive to understand the dynamic and evolving relationship between people and the ecosystems they form a part of. I have a special interest in how human cognition, culture, and society influence the interaction between people and the non-human environment, as well as who bears the impacts and the responsibility for environmental problems. My applied goal is to help prevent environmental degradation and its differential impacts on the less powerful sectors of society. Towards these purposes I use the tools of Anthropology together with those of disciplines such as Ecology and Ecological Economics.
At the moment I am working on three lines of research. One of these consists of studying how small-scale coastal resource users, such as fishers and land crab hunters, use their knowledge of social-ecological systems to succeed in their enterprises. My doctoral work on this topic was profiled in the NOAA-National Estuarine Research Reserves Fellowships 10-year memoir. A closely related research interest is the development of conceptual frameworks to account for the goods and services provided by small-scale resource users’ local ecological knowledge to greater society, and the contribution of social/cultural diversity to sustainability. I recently finished (in collaboration with John J. Poggie, Ana Pitchon, and Miguel del Pozo) 3-year, UPR Sea Grant- funded project studying the effect that coastal resource use has on the well-being, quality of life, and resilience of coastal communities in Southeastern Puerto Rico.
My other current line of research is the study of the relationship between human societies and changing species configurations (including introduced species) in coastal areas, an important topic that will only become more so as globalization and climate foster conditions for new species’ introductions by humans and for biological migrations. The common theme of my research is the study of the configuration of social-ecological systems in response to change, with an emphasis on the human components of these systems. My research has taken place in the Greater Caribbean, and Northeastern, South and Mid-Atlantic United States.
This page is a work in progress! Please bear with me while I activate the links and create new sections. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.