HECL Lab student John McGreevy recently presented at the University of Georgia's Symposium on Integrative Conservation. This event encourages graduate students and faculty from different disciplines to exchange ideas and help facilitate integrative approaches to future research. The presentation brings together McGreevy's research from Source Chaude, Haiti that began in 2012 and collaborative work with Elkins Voltaire (State University of Haiti) in 2016 as part of Mark Schuller’s (Northern Illinois University) NSF CAREER funded study in Haiti’s Southern Peninsula. A combination of in-depth interviews, participant observation, and remote sensing illuminate trends that question common narratives of environmental degradation in Haiti.
A video of the presentation can be seen here.
Integrative Conservation and Anthropology PhD student and HECL Lab member John McGreevy recently presented with Haitian colleague Elkins Voltaire at the Haitian Studies Association Conference in Cap Haitien, Haiti. Their paper combined findings from McGreevy’s research in Haiti since 2012 and collaborative research as part of an international team studying non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the environment in the summer of 2016, and panel discussion from the research team contributed to the conference’s focus on Haiti’s ecological situation and the future of natural resource use in the country. Skills and experience gained through ICON shaped McGreevy’s conversations at the conference, sparking constructive dialogue with NGO practitioners, scholars from other disciplines, and consultants working with the Haitian government on natural resource and land use policy.
collaborative research in Haiti
John McGreevy, HECL Lab PhD student, spent the summer researching non-governmental organization (NGO) influence on social life and ecosystem health in rural Haiti. McGreevy worked collaboratively with a team of 16 interdisciplinary graduate research assistants, 8 from the United States and 8 from Haiti. Dr. Mark Schuller from Northern Illinois University led this international team as part of a study supported by a National Science Foundation CAREER Grant. Findings from this team will be presented as part of a panel at the Haitian Studies Association conference in Cap Haitien, Haiti in November. The theme for the conference is “Haiti’s Eco-systems: Focus on Environmental Realities and Hopes.”
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