Professor of Geography
Director, Institute of Geography
Co-Director, Galapagos Science Center
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
I am a geographer interested in wide variety of issues that emerge from the interaction between social and natural systems. These topics include: impacts of extractive industries (oil and mining), land use and land cover in the tropics, climate change and infectious diseases, and tourism research.
From the methodological point of view, my research uses a combination of social survey methods, remote sensing & spatial analysis, complex models (Agent Based Models), and participatory/community methods of data collection.
My work in the Ecuadorian Amazon and in the Galapagos Islands has been funded by the US Academy of Sciences, The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, NASA, The Inter American Institute for Global Change, HIVOS, the Ecuadorian Government, USAID and USFQ.