PSTC-Compton International Fellowships

The Program for Studies in Tropical Conservation received funding from the Compton Foundation to promote graduate student research in tropical conservation and sustainability with linkages to the fields of peace & security and population & reproductive health.  The objective is to produce graduates who are able to contribute to the conservation of natural systems and to appropriate development necessary for long-term sustainability.  Candidates must have the disciplinary depth and credentials to command a position in their chosen fields, but also have the breadth to draw upon the expertise and perspectives of other disciplines.
Compton Foundation funding for this initiative targeted support to graduate students from Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa who are pursuing interdisciplinary studies in environment & sustainability integrated with either the field of peace & security (conflict management) or population & reproductive health. Candidates demonstrated a strong commitment to returning to their home countries or elsewhere in the developing world. They were individuals who show excellent leadership capacity; who are innovative, good communicators, and likely to make a significant contribution through their work, personal abilities, and dedication. These scholarships were designed to facilitate graduate student research projects that will strengthen biodiversity conservation & sustainability in tropical countries with integrated work in peace & security or population & health arenas.  Each selected Fellow received a stipend of up to $10,000 for master’s students and $15,000 for doctoral students per fellowship.

PSTC - Compton Fellowship Faculty Steering Committee

Susan Jacobson (Program Director, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)
Francis “Jack” Putz (Professor of Botany and Forestry and Senior Research Associate at the Center for International Forestry Research)
Peter Hildebrand (Director of IFAS International Programs and Professor of Food and Resource Economics)
Marianne Schmink (Director of the Tropical Conservation and Development Program, Center for Latin American Studies and Professor of Anthropology)
Daniel Zarin (Associate Professor of Tropical Forestry and Executive Director of the Forest Management Trust)
Thomas Ankersen (Professor of Law and Director of UF’s Mesoamerican Environmental Law Program)
Lauren Chapman (Associate Professor of Zoology)
Clyde Kiker (Professor of Food and Resource Economics)
Mel Sunquist (Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)
Steve Humphrey (Dean, College of Natural Resources and Environment)

PSTC - Compton International Fellows

Alencar, Ane. (Brazil). “Modeling Amazon Forest Fires within Major Road Corridors.” (2007, School of Forest Resources and Conservation)

Alencastro, Liliana. (Ecuador). “Socio-economic analysis of diversification of Artisanal Fishing Fleets for Marine Conservation: The Case of the Galapagos Marine Reserve.” (2007, Food and Resource Economics)  

Alvira, Diana. (Colombia). “Liana management in selectively logged lowland forest in Bolivia: integrating silvicultural practices compatible with sustainable forestry.” (2001, Botany)

Arriola, Luis A. (Guatemala). “The intertwining relationship between human modifications of the landscape and land tenure patterns in two fragmented areas of the Maya forest.” (2001, Anthropology)

Azofeifa, Gerardo Celis. (Costa Rica). “Seedling Characteristics of Native Tree Species for Reforestation.” (2005, Natural Resources and Environment (SFRC))

Barrio, Javier. (Peru). “Population and habitat viability analysis of Taruka, Hippocamelus antisensis, in the southern Andes of Peru.” (1999, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)

Bolanos, Omaira. (Colombia). “Changes in community expectations about new forest management practices in Bolivia.” (2002, Latin American Studies)

Boodram, Natalie. (Trinidad). “Spatial structure of hydrological, terrestrial, and anthropogenic influences on riparian vegetation in Trinidad and Tobago.” (2006, Interdisciplinary Ecology)

Borjas, Alejandro Jose Paredes. (Honduras). “Hydrology and habitat use by the Jabiru Stork and sustainable wetlands management in eastern Honduras and Belize.” (2003, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)

Carolina de Lima, Ana. “Forces behind shifting food consumption patterns in an Amazon frontier.” (2010, Latin American Studies)

Cassidy, Lin. (Botswana). “Anthropogenic burning and land management in the Okavango Panhandle in Botswana.” (2002, Interdisciplinary Ecology)

Castaneda, Hector. (El Salvador). “Investigation of the spatial and temporal distribution of forest resurgence in El Salvador and valuation of benefits to communities.” (2006, Interdisciplinary Ecology)

Chavez, Andrea. (Peru). “Land Conservation along the Transoceanic Road Inapari – Iberia:  A Socio-Spatial Study of Road Extension and Forest Fragmentation.” (2004, Geography)

Crisostomo da Silva, Ana Carolina. (Brazil). “Assessment of social learning to create social capital and minimize socio-environmental impacts of oil development in Brazil.” (2009, Center for Latin American Studies)

Donkor, Augustine. (Ghana). “Mercury contamination due to gold mining in South Central Ghana: biogeochemistry and remedial measures for local government.” (2002, Environmental Engineering)

Efitre, Jackson. (Uganda). “Predictive yield models for crater lake fisheries of Uganda:  An unexpected marriage of rural development and conservation.” (2003, Zoology)

Escorriola, Ignacio. (Costa Rica). “Managing natural resources in a neotropical RAMSAR site: Harvesting eggs and rearing the freshwater turtle, Trachemys scripta, for the pet trade.” (2003, Interdisciplinary Ecology)

Espinosa, Santigo A. (Ecuador). “Evaluation of an Environmental Education Program for the Conservation of the Andean Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) in Ecuador.” (2003, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)

Figueroa, Omar Antonio. (Belize). “Habitat Selection by a Vulnerable Mesoamerican Stork and Implications for Wetlands Management.” (2004, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)

Guerra, Raissa. (Brazil). “Applicability and Impacts of Payments for Environmental Services in the Brazilian Amazon.” (2009, Interdisciplinary Ecology/Tropical Conservation)

Guillen, Hugo Trujillo. (Mexico). “Design and construction of a baffled plug-flow anaerobic digester in a rural farm in tropical southern Mexico.” (1997)

Hierro, Jose Luis. (Argentina). “Cold spots/hot spots: facilitation and interference of shrubs by a native herbivore in a semiarid scrub ecosystem.” (1998, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)

Hoogesteijn, Rafael. (Venezuela). “Body mass and skull measurements in four jaguar populations and observations on their preybase.” (1996)

Jordan, Osvaldo. (Panama). “The Political Boundaries of Environmental Management: A Comparative Assessment of Ethnic Control over Natural Resources In the Caribbean Basin.” (2005, Department of Political Science)

Lepetu, Joyce P. (Botswana). “Forest Dependency in Chobe Forest Reserve, Botswana.” (2004, Forest Resources and Conservation)

Londoño, Gustavo Adolfo. “Effects of anthropogenic change on the nesting success of Andean birds.” (2010, Biology)

Masozera, Michel. (Rwanda). “Socioeconomic impact analysis of the conservation of nyungwe forest reserve, Rwanda.” (2001, School of Forest Resources and Conservation)

Mendoza, Rafael. (Peru). “The impact of a national park and alternative development programs on the livelihood strategies of Amazonian rural people.” (2009, Anthropology)

Miyasaka Porro, Noemi. (Brazil). “Changes in peasant perceptions of development and conservation.” (1998, Anthropology)

Moreira da Rocha, Ligia. (Brazil). “Partnerships between protected areas and non-governmental organizations: case studies from Brazil and recommendation for the future.” (1996)

Mtenga, Kibiby Jabir. (Malawi). “Linking Women Farmers in the Market: Strategies for Integrating Gender Equity and Community Empowerment in Natural Resource Conservation in Malawi.” (2005, Agricultural Education and Communication)

Mugisha, Arthur. (Uganda). “Evaluation of community-based conservation approaches: management of protected areas in Uganda.” (1999, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)

Naranjo, Eduardo. (Mexico). “Some analytical problems in dam design.” (1998, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)
Novaro, Andres J. (Argentina). “Source-sink dynamics induced by hunting: case study of culpeo foxes on rangelands in Patagonia.” (1996)

Olowo, John Paul. (Uganda). “Predicting the future productivity and survival of the benthic fishes of Lake Victoria.” (2001, Zoology)

Paniagua, Franklin. (Costa Rica). “A history of community timber extraction in Acre, Brazil and the evolution of social sustainability.” (2002, Latin American Studies)

Polanco, Ysabel. (Colombia). “An ecological and participatory approach to assess the use/exposure of synthetic pesticides among agricultural peasant communities in the Tropical Andes of Colombia: Implications for human health, rural development and conservation.” (2010, Behavioral Science and Community Health)  

Pizano, Maria Camila. (Colombia). “The role of soil-plant dynamics in the regeneration of tropical montane forest species from abandoned agricultural lands in Colombia.” (2007, Botany)

Porro, Roberto. (Brazil). “Palms, pastures, and swidden fields: political ecological trajectories and socio-natural transformations in peasant communities in Maranhão, Brazil.” (1999, Anthropology)  

Porter, Luciana. (Mexico). “Landscape ecology of apiculture in the Maya area of La Montaña, Campeche, México.” (1997, Anthropology)

Quevedo, Lincoln. (Bolivia). Sustainable forestry and certification in Bolivia (1998, Botany)

Ramos, Luis Antonio. (El Salvador and Mexico). “The Mesoamerican Biological Corridor:  Effects of Communication Processes on Perceptions and Policies of Natural Areas.” (2005, Natural Resources and Environment (WEC))

Restrepo, Sergio. (Colombia). “Historical vs. Modern Soil Erosion in Colombia:  Human Impact and Implications for Conservation.” (2002, Geology)

Reyna, Rafael Angel. (Mexico). “Response of white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari) group size and population density to human disturbance in southern Mexico.” (2001, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)

Rios, Alfredo Arturo. (Peru). “Integrating Socioeconomic and Ecological Dimensions toward the Communal Management of the Andean Potato Weevil.” (2004, Interdisciplinary Ecology)

Rodriguez, Joysee M. (Mexico). “Adapting to climate change in Calakmul, Campeche, Mexico: Bridging disciplines and scales with scenario-based, integrative modeling.” (2010, Interdisciplinary Ecology (SNRE))

Rojas Rafael O. (Peru). “Agricultural expansion and sustainnable land use options in the Southern Peruvian Amazon.” (2008, School of Natural Resources and Environment)

Romero, Claudia. (Colombia). “Commercially harvested nonvascular epiphytes in a montane tropical forest: ecology, effects of logging, and management.” (1996)

Segura, Laura M. Avila. (Costa Rica). “Impact of farming livelihood characteristics and strategies on land use dynamics and native bee pollination services.” (2009, Interdisciplinary Ecology/Geography)

Silva, Jose. (Venezuela). “A training program for hunter education in Venezuelan National Parks.” (1997, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)

Thangata, Paulanco Howard. (Malawi). “The potential for agroforestry adoption and carbon sequestration in smallholder agroecosystems of Malawi: an ethnographic linear programming approach.” (1999, School of Forest Resources and Conservation)

Tuma, Jonathan A. (Cameroon). “Water budget assessment using GIS/LULC analysis of the Okavango watershed and the effects of riparian activities on watershed quality.” (2006, Geomatics)

Valle, Alvaro. (Nicaragua). “Labor, soil quality, and yield in ecologically and conventionally managed tropical agroecosystems.” (2006, Interdisciplinary Ecology)

Valqui, Michael. (Peru). “A small terrestrial rodent community in Northeastern Peru.” (1997, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)

Zapata-Rios, Galo. (Ecuador). “Changing landscapes of the Andes: Ecological consequences and conservation implications for the mammalian carnivores of the Ecuadorian Andes.” (2008, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation)

Zeidemann, Vivian. (Brazil). “Fostering sustainable forest-based livelihoods: the case of Brazil nut management in Riozinho do Anfrisio Extractive Reserve, Amazon, Brazil.” (2008, School of Natural Resources and Environment)