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Kim Williams-Guillén, Ph.D.

I am a conservation scientist with almost 20 years of experience of work in Central America. My main research interests have involve the role of matrix habitats (i.e., the usually degraded or human-managed lands beyond protected areas) in wildlife conservation in the Neotropics. I have served as the Director of Conservation Science for Paso Pacífico, a non-profit dedicated to biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods in southwestern Nicaragua. Currently, I continue working on a couple of projects with Paso Pacífico; I am also an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan, where I focus on engaging with students interested in sustainable agriculture as I transition from inside scientist to farmer. Along with my partner, in late 2017 I started my own farm where we are establishing climate-resilient, tree-based agriculture. In my work, I draw from diverse disciplines, from ecology to anthropology to agricultural sciences.


Ph.D., New York University, Department of Anthropology (2003)

M.Phil., New York University, Department of Anthropology (2000)

M.A., New York University, Department of Anthropology (1998)

B.A., University of California Santa Cruz, Anthropology Board of Studies (1995) ·

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