- Undergraduate Education
- B.A., International Affairs, George Washington University
- Graduate Education
- M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Florida
- Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida
Dr. Amanda Stronza is an environmental anthropologist and photographer with 30 years of research and conservation work in the Amazon, the Okavango Delta, and other parts of the tropics. As a social scientist, her contributions to conservation come through learning and documenting how things like cultural beliefs, social norms, institutions, and economic incentives shape our relationships with the environment and other species. Her work straddles theory and practice, and she is active in designing and implementing conservation programs that support positive human-wildlife interactions and community-based conservation. In 2013, co-founded Ecoexist, a non-profit organization in Botswana, aimed at fostering coexistence between people and elephants. Her long-term work in the Amazon has focused on community-based conservation and ecotourism. She is recipient of the national Praxis Award in Anthropology for her work in translating anthropological knowledge into concrete action to support community conservation and development in Africa and Latin America. She is currently producing a documentary film about local efforts in the Peruvian Amazon to manage the devastating effects of illegal gold-mining. She has joint appointments in the Departments of Ecology and Conservation Biology, and Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management, and she co-directs the Applied Biodiversity Science Program.
Research Interests and Specializations
Community-based conservation, human-wildlife conflict, sustainable development, common pool resource management, ecotourism, tourism and ethnicity, Tropical Andes, Amazon, Okavango Delta, Botswana