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Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change

A Research Center of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University Bloomington
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Visiting Scholars

Below are some of the many visitors we've had to ACT.

Over the years ACT has received senior scholars (e.g. Robert Netting), mid-career scholars (e.g. Marcos Pedlowski), and younger scholars and doctoral students. We encourage U.S. and foreign scholars, postdocs, and graduate students wishing to enhance their research skills on the human dimensions of global environmental change to contact us to discuss your goals and what you hope to accomplish, and what skills and questions you want to address, in particular, during your training and research stay with us. We will also need to know how much time you might be able to spend at ACT and whether you will come with your data and funding or not. We will schedule your coming at a mutually convenient time when ACT faculty and staff can be more available to you. We have also helped some scholars prepare grants for funding to make a prolonged stay possible.

We invite colleagues who feel that their work can be advanced by a short or extended visit, to contact us at act@indiana.edu. Welcome!!!

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Humberto Alves
Academic year: 2001
biro[at]obelix [dot] unicamp
Humberto Alves, a doctoral candidate at Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) at the time of his visit with us, was granted a CNPq "sandwich" scholarship to work with members of this science team for a one-year period (2000-2001).
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Marina Campos
Academic Year:
mcampos[at]rffny [dot] org
Marina Campos was a doctoral student at Yale University at the time of her visit to ACT.  She visited on two separate occasions to work with ACT researchers on a plan for research develpoment on sustainable agriculture and development in Altamira, PA.
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Juliana De Souza Cardoso
Academic year: 2005
jucardoso.2005[at]hotmail [dot] com
Juliana de Souza Cardoso, was a doctoral student at the Federal University of Minas Gerais at the time of her visit and undertook a very intense program during her six-month visit to ACT in 2005 which included auditing graduate courses in archeology and linguistics and undertaking a demanding program of readings in cultural ecology and ethnoecology linked to her key questions in linguistics and archeology.
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Marco Cervellini
Academic year: 2011
School of Environmental Sciences botany and Ecology section
University of Camerino
via Pontoni, 5 – 62032 Camerino (MC) - Italy
Phone:             +390737404517       
marco.cervellini[at]unicam [dot] it

In 2009, Marco was a research assistant at The Macaulay Land Use Research Institute (Aberdeen, UK) where he built a spatially explicit meta-community model using an existing simulating tool (FEARLUS-SPOM see: POLHILL et al. 2008) and analyzed the results obtained.  He has taught a laboratory of landscape ecology course in the Science department at the University of Camerino and joins ACT this year for further research work.

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Larissa Chermont
Academic year: 2001
Development Studies Institute - DESTIN
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London, WC 2A 2AE
United Kingdom
Phone:             +44 207 955 6054      
L.Chermont[at]lse [dot] ac
Larissa Chermont, was a student pursuing a Ph.D. degree at London School of Economics, U.K. and visited Indiana University for three weeks in 2001. During this time she received training in GIS and remote sensing and collaborated with the ACT team on the preparation of a survey research protocol to be used in her research in Santarém, and returned for a second visit to work on some chapters of her dissertation.
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Luciana Miranda Costa
Academic year: 2005
IPAM - Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia
Al.Tatiana, 73
Belém PA 66613-020
Phone: (91) 238.0400 
lucianac[at]amazon [dot] com
Luciana Miranda Costa, was a Ph. D. student at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and visited ACT for a three-month period in 2005 training under the supervision of Dr. Eduardo Brondizio.
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Luciano Mansor De Mattos
Academic year: 2010
luciano.mattos[at]embrapa [dot] br
Agronomist (University of Sao Paulo, USP, Brazil, 1993); Master in Environmental Engineering (University of Sao Paulo, USP, Brazil, 1998) with research topic in ecological modeling; PhD in Economic Development (Campinas State University, Brazil, 2010) with research topic in ecological economics and agricultural economics; Visiting Scholar at the ACT (Indiana University, 2009/10) during the PhD with research complementary topic in Social Anthropology and Global Environmental Change.
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Marcela da S. Feital
Academic year: 2013
mafeital[at]hotmail [dot] com
Marcela da Silveira Feital is a social sciences graduate with emphasis on political science at the Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences (IFCH), Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Marcela is interested in the fields of environmental sociology, social conflicts, sustainability, and international relations. She has contributed to research in these areas of study since 2009 at the Center for Environmental Studies and Research (NEPAM/UNICAMP). This trend is directly related to environmental sociology with interests facing social conflicts related to different uses of natural resources and large enterprises that are part of the urban growth and that are possible generators of environmental impacts in most vulnerable areas to environmental change.
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Natalia Hanazaki
Academic year: 2001
natalia[at]ccb [dot] ufsc
Natalia Hanazaki spent two months at ACT for training at the Indiana University in 2001. She also worked on the final chapters of her dissertation and collaborated with Dr. Emilio Moran in a joint paper. Dr. Moran served on her dissertation defense as an outside member of her doctoral committee at Unicamp, Campinas, Brazil.
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Gabriel Henrique Lui
Academic year: 2010
glui[at]indiana [dot] edu
Research interests: the effects of public policies in the Brazilian Amazon, especially to land use changes among small farmer populations, integrating approaches from environmental anthropology, human ecology, landscape ecology and economics
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Rui Sergio Sereni Murrieta
Academic year: 2011
mailto:murrietarss[at]usp [dot] br
Rui Murrieta is Assistant Professor at the Department of Genetics and Evolution at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He obtained his PhD in Anthropology  at the University of Colorado in 2000. Since then, he has done extensive research on the nutritional and environmental anthropology of Amazonian and Atlantic Forest peoples in Brazil.
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Robert Netting
Academic year: 1994

Robert Netting was Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona and spent a year at ACT acquiring skills in GIS and remote sensing to develop a new project in Africa in 1994. He lost a battle with cancer in 1995. He was one of the leaders of Cultural Ecology for decades.

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Marcos Pedlowski
Academic year: 2001
pedlowma[at]uenf [dot] br

Marcos Pedlowski, Associate Professor, Center of Human Sciences, Northern Fluminense State University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, visited ACT in 2001 to discuss comparative research across Altamira and Rondonia and a collaborative program with LBA projects.

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Claudia Rodriguez-Solórzano
Academic year: 2012
crsolorzano[at]me [dot] com[at]
Claudia Rodriguez-Solórzano is a comparative social scientist of human-environment interactions, with a background in environmental economics, policy and politics.
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Sam Schramski
Academic years: 2012 and 2013
sschrams[at]indiana [dot] edu
Sam was a doctoral student at the University of Florida during his first visit to ACT for the 2012-2013 academic year. He is currently an affiliated scholar and will be focusing on community adaptation in the rural Central Amazon for the remainder of his stay.
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Uday Sharma
Academic year: 2013
udayshar[at]gmail [dot]com
Dr. Uday Sharma received his Ph.D. in 1991 in Wildlife and Anthropology from the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is interested in biodiversity conservation and management with particular focus on protected area management, co-management of protected areas, and landscape level conservation; pro-poor sustainable forest management including development of non-timber forest products (NTFPs); formulation of national policies on forestry and climate change, development of REDD+ strategy and interventions, and climate change negotiations; development of trust funds; and project formulation and execution.
While at ACT, Dr. Sharma will be focusing his research on community based biodiversity conservation in Nepal and South Asia.
To access Dr. Sharma's current CV, click here.
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Anders Siren
Academic year: 1998, 2002
Dept. of Geography
University of Turku
FIN-20014 Turku
Phone:             +358-2-3335588      
andsir[at]utu [dot] fi
Anders Siren, as a Ph.D. student at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, came to ACT for two visits in 1998 and 2002 to work with Dr. Brondizio. Since 2010 he has been involved in a project at the dept. of geography at the University of Turku about biodiversity harvest in the Amazon.