Professor of Geography
Director, USFQ Institute of Geography
Co-Director, Galapagos Science Center
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Department of Geography
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I am a geographer interested in wide variety of issues related to the interaction between social and natural systems. My research covers topics such as: land use and land cover change in the tropics, impacts of extractive industries (oil and mining), adaptation to climate change, 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.