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Stephen Walsh: “Human-Environment Interactions in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador: Agents and Trajectories of Change in Darwin’s Paradise”
October 28, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Stephen Walsh is the Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor of Geography and Director of the UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
Professor Walsh is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2006), Former Amos H. Hawley Professor of Geography (1993–96), and faculty adviser to the Spatial Analysis Unit at the Carolina Population Center. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Universidad San Francisco De Quito, Ecuador. Professor Walsh is the Recipient of the Outstanding Contributions Award and Medal from the Remote Sensing Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) (1997), Research Honors from the Southeastern Division of the AAG (1999), and National Research Honors for Distinguished Scholarship from the Association of American Geographers (2001). He is on the editorial boards of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Plant Ecology, and Geocarto International, and formerly on the editorial boards of the Journal of Geography, The Professional Geographer, and the Southeastern Geographer. He has co-edited Special Issues in the Journal of Vegetation Science, Geomorphology, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, and GeoForum. Since 2001, he has co-edited a series of books for Kluwer Academic Publishers—GIS and Remote Sensing Applications in Biogeography and Ecology (2001); Linking People, Place, and Policy: A GIScience Approach (2002); and People and the Environment: Approaches for Linking Household and Community Surveys to Remote Sensing and GIS (2003). Current research in Latin America is conducted in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. Interdisciplinary studies have mapped and modeled land use change in the rainforests of the Ecuadorian Amazon, linked people and environment in frontier settings, and examined the complex interplay of coupled human-natural systems in the Galapagos Islands, approached within the context of resource conservation and economic development in a World Heritage Site. Through a collaborative partnership with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, integrative studies have been launched through the UNC Center for Galapagos Studies and the Galapagos Science Center in research, education, and outreach that involves UNC faculty from across the social, natural, and spatial sciences. He also began a Galapagos book series through Springer Science + Business Media. The book that launched the Book Series, with Carlos Mena at USFQ, Science and Conservation in the Galapagos Island: Frameworks & Perspectives, was published in 2013. Additional books in the series include Evolution from the Galapagos: Two Centuries after Darwin (Trueba & Montufar) and The Galapagos Marine Reserve: A Dynamic Social-Ecological System (Denkinger & Vinueza).