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Key Researcher

Maria Cruz-Torres

Associate Professor

Professor Cruz-Torres is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the relationship between people and the environment. For this project she is conducting interviews with scientists and the general public regarding their relationship and interaction with wild animal species in Arizona and in Mexico in order to better understand the many ways in which people construct their knowledge and attitudes towards biodiversity in the Anthropocene.

Dr. Cruz-Torres geographic areas of interest are Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently she is conducting research on the topic of gender, globalization, and the environment in Mexico, and is also involved in a National Science Foundation interdisciplinary, transnational collaborative research project focusing on the links between human and biophysical processes in coastal marine ecosystems in Baja California, Mexico.