Derek Smith, Carleton University

Assistant Professor Geography and Environmental Studies Ottawa, Ontario dereka_smith@carleton.ca Office: (613) 500-2600 ext. 8131

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My research interests revolve around the use, management, and conservation of natural resources by indigenous and other peoples living in rain forest regions of Central America and Mexico. As a geographer, I am particularly interested in the interface between culture and ecology, the spatial patt...

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Bio/Research

My research interests revolve around the use, management, and conservation of natural resources by indigenous and other peoples living in rain forest regions of Central America and Mexico. As a geographer, I am particularly interested in the interface between culture and ecology, the spatial patterns of natural resource use, and how land tenure affects land use practices and forest conservation. Participatory mapping that includes trained local investigators has been a core element of this research. Closely related interests include ethnobiology, local geographic knowledge, ethnogeography, critical cartography and postcolonialism. Current research projects include using participatory mapping methods to better understand indigenous forest use and develop conservation strategies for the Ngöbe-Buglé Comarca in western Panama, and a new project that will focus on the cultural landscapes of the Yucatan region of Mexico. Another recent project has focused on the traditional knowledge of fish harvesters in Newfoundland



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