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Human factors in environmental change

Research Achievements

Human factors in environmental change

Nora Alvarez is interested on understanding human factors in environmental change. She is studying land use and land cover changes in the humid tropics that are related to anthropogenic causes; for example, socio-economic changes and land use patterns around protected areas. She is also interested in the use of remote applications to track and analyze landscape transformations and patterns. She has in the past participated in research projects relevant to these subject matters in the tropical regions of Perú, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. Nora participated in a conference on biodiversity held at the Departamento de Madre de Dios in Perú in May 2010. She met with local leaders to complete some projects that she had started in her previous work in Perú. She has also been selected to receive a 2010 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF).