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Angélica Almeyda Zambrano

  • Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor
  • University of Florida
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Political Ecology Forests and Poverty Ecological Anthropology

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Angélica M Almeyda Zambrano, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management at the University of Florida where she co-leads the Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab, and is an affiliated researcher with the Osa & Golfito Initiative at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Angélica’s research centers on human environment interactions, focusing on social and ecological feedback loops with consideration to sustainability in the present and into the future. In particular she looks at land use and land cover change dynamics in the tropics, and its relation to economic activities. Angélica is currently most interested in expanding her research on the sustainability of ecotourism and its role as a development and conservation strategy in the tropics. Angélica’s research questions and approaches typically cross-spatial and temporal domains and compare different political and economic regimes. Her work employs both quantitative and qualitative methods, linking remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) data and geospatial analysis, with policy analysis, and in-depth socioeconomic household surveys. Angélica’s work has been published in top academic journals including, Nature, Science, and more recently Science Advances. Angélica received her doctorate from the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University in 2012. During this time she was a graduate student researcher affiliated with the Asner Lab located in the Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Her dissertation compared infrastructure development and land use tenure of smallholder farmers in the tri-national frontier of Peru, Brazil and Bolivia in Southwest Amazonia, and was conducted as a partner of the Poverty and Environment Network (PEN) at the Center for International Forestry Research. Angélica was also Doctoral Fellow at the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University from 2011-2012. She received her MA in Latin American Studies with concentration on Tropical Conservation & Development (TCD) Program at the University of Florida in 2004. And received her BS in Forest Sciences from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru in 1999.

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Professional experience

Assistant Professor

University of Florida

May 2016

Adjunct Professor

University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa - Main Campus

August 2014 - May 2016 (2 years)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Smithsonian Institution

October 2012 - December 2013 (a year)

Research Fellow

Sustainability Science Program

September 2011 - August 2012 (a year)

Education history

Stanford University Department of Anthropology

PhD Candidate

September 2004 - August 2012 (8 years)

University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies

MA

August 2002 - August 2004 (2 years)

Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina

BS Forestry

August 1993 - July 1999 (6 years)