In the last 14 years I have conducted research on participatory restoration ecology mostly with rural communities. I collaborate with researchers in other disciplines and we have developed strategies and criteria for restoring productive landscapes, and recovering biodiversity through methods that build upon culturally accepted practices. During my stay at UC MEXUS I plan to analyze long term data from restoration trials and to write a book on restoration ecology within the socio-ecological context of Mexico. I am also interested in exploring the early links between the origins of restoration practice in the US and in Mexico.
Ph. D. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research interests include study of the effects of restoring diversity on recovering ecosystem services and the interaction among native species and invasives under restoration conditions. I am also interested in the restoration of productive landscapes and participatory research. In the last 12 years, most of my research has been done in collaboration with rural and indigenous communities. As a direct result of this research close to 100 scientific articles and book chapters have been produced.