Victoria Reyes-García (Ph.D in Antropology, 2001, University of Florida) is ICREA Research Profesor at the Institut of Environmental Science and Technology. Her research addresses the benefits generated by local ecological knowledge and the effects of the integration to the market economy on this type of knowledge. Reyes-García has worked in international research projects since 1996. She lived among the Tsimane', and indigenous population in the Bolivian Amazon, from 1999 until 2004. She has a large experience in multidisciplinary research. She has worked with cultural and physical anthropologists, agronomists, biologists, and economists. Since April 2006, she coordinates the Ethnoecology Laboratory at ICTA-UAB. Her research has been funded by the World Bank, the National Science Foundation of the USA, the Wenner-Gren, the Inter-American, and the BBVA Foundations, the Ministerio de Educación i Ciéncia, and the 6th FM of the EU. In addition to her research in Bolivia, she currently has research projectes in Spain and India. She has over 50 publications in indexed journals, such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Biodiversity and Conservation, Human Ecology, Economic Botany, Journal of Ethnobiology, i Current Anthropology.
Her research encompasses the interdisciplinary study of dynamic relations among peoples, biota, and environments. I use a multidisciplinary perspective (working with ecologists, economists, psychologists, agronomists, archaeologists, and computer scientists) and empirical data to analyse 1) the effects of global change on rural societies, and 2) social responses to environmental issues. Her research draws on the insights from the natural and behavioural sciences at multiple levels- from the views of villagers in developing nations to those of policy-makers in industrial nations. Her current areas of research include (1) the adaptive nature of culture, (2) global change in small-scale societies, and (3) emerging conservation tools.
Biocultural Diversity; Conservation Tools; Global Change; Ethnoecology; Local ecological knowledge; Small-Scale Societies.
Email UAB: Victoria.Reyes@uab.cat
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