Las Nubes Director
James and Joanne Love Chair in Neotropical Conservation
PhD Cultural Anthropology, University of New Mexico
MSc Tropical Plant Ecology, University of Costa Rica
BSc Biology, University of New Mexico
Environmental Anthropology; Peasant Livelihoods; Socio-Ecological Well-Being; Biocultural Diversity; Ethnographic & Art-Based Methodologies.
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
416 736 2100
I see my teaching fundamentally as facilitating the co-creation of knowledge by providing opportunities for multisensory experiencing of new realities (or old realities in new ways) that challenge previously held truths, and during which, in this confrontation, new insights and new questions may emerge. I am mostly interested in the relationships between humans and the biosphere, and how these relationships influence and are affected by the different options to power of the diverse agents (human and non-human), their ontologies, or how they live in the world with their social and material practices, their conceptualizations or ideologies and world views, and their narratives and other forms of communication. In my research I am motivated by the possibility of contributing to improving social-ecological wellbeing that may emerge from these relationships. I am particularly interested in rural communities whose livelihoods are directly connected to the biosphere, such as indigenous peoples, peasants, farmers, and fisherfolk, who with their intimate connection to the biosphere and their role in food production and procurement, form inseparable links in the web between cities and the expanding urban world, and the environmental transformations upon which humanity and the biosphere depend. Both in my teaching and research, as in my community engagement, I am interested sharing my conviction that the sustainability and health of rural worlds are fundamental for the sustainability and wellbeing of urban worlds.
Recognition & Awards
- Fulbright Scholar
|ENVS 5081/4810A||Conservation and Development for Social-Environmental Sustainability and Wellbeing|
|ENVS 4810A||International Field Experience: Ecology and Sustainability in Costa Rica|
|ENVS 4800C||Peasant Studies in the Global South: Peasants, Food, and Nature|