Dr. Karen A. Kainer, Professor
PO Box 110410,
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
Karen A. Kainer joined the school in 2002. She has a joint appointment with the Center for Latin American Studies, and is a core faculty member of its Tropical Conservation and Development Program.
My research focuses on advancement and application of the ecological sciences to support conservation of neotropical ecosystems through sustainable use, typically targeting community-based forest management systems. I initiated my work in the tropics as a forest extensionist with the U.S. Peace Corps in Paraguay. Most of my research has been conducted in Western Amazonia, concentrating on studies in the Brazilian state of Acre, with some recent research and capacity building efforts in Mexico. To better understand the broader cultural and socioeconomic context in which communities manage their forest resources, I integrate social science concepts and methods into my research agenda. I am also keenly interested in the role of graduate education as a contributor to conservation and livelihood improvement in tropical regions.
PhD, University of Florida, 1997
MS, University of Florida, 1990
BS, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1983
Graduate Students Current:
Todd Bertwell (M.S. SFRC) Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) demographic sensitivity to seed harvest and climate change (Co-chair)
Cristina Cecilia Nuñez Godoy (M.S. SNRE) Wildlife-friendly certification: A case study of Patagonian cashmere producers and buyers.
Maria Contanza Rios-Marin (Ph.D. SNRE) From individual decisions to collective action for biodiversity conservation: Networked governance of private reserves in Colombia.
Graduate Students Former:
José Antonio Sierra Huelsz (Ph.D. SFRC) Tourism resorts, forest livelihoods: challenges for sustaining a diverse forest product in the Selva Maya.
Natalie A. Cooper (M.S. SFRC) Uncovering resident perceptions of a new forest livelihood: timber extraction within the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve, Acre, Brazil.
Vivian K. Zeidemann (Ph.D. 2012. SNRE) Socioecological heterogeneity shapes livelihood strategies in an Amazonian extractive reserve: implications for long-term reserve viability.
Jennifer Arnold (Ph.D. 2011. SNRE) Navigating the power dynamics of learning and communication for collaborative resource management: research to inform practice. (Co-chair)
Cara A. Rockwell (Ph.D. 2011. SFRC) Timber harvesting and post-logging silvicultural treatments in a bamboo-dominated tropical forest of southwestern Amazonia: enhancing smallholder livelihood options.
………………… (M.S. 2005. SFRC) Community-based timber management in Acre, Brazil and its implications for sustainable forest management.
Christie Ann Klimas (Ph.D. 2010. SFRC) Modeling compatibility of timber and non-timber harvests of a multipurpose Amazonian species: assessing sustainability through ecological and economic analyses.
…………………….. (M.S. 2006. SFRC) Ecological review and demographic study of Carapaguianensis.
Marlene Soriano (M.S. 2010. SFRC) The growing dilemma of timber harvesting in Brazil nut rich community forests in northern Bolivia: effects on natural regeneration and forest disturbance.
Shoana S. Humphries (Ph.D. 2010. SFRC) Community-based forest enterprises in Brazil and Mexico: timber production and commercialization models, market engagement, and financial viability.
……………………… (M.S. 2005. SFRC) Forest certification for community-based forest enterprises in Brazil’s western Amazon: local stakeholders’ perceptions of negative and positive aspects of certification and how to improve the certification process.
Joanna M. Tucker Lima. (Ph.D. 2010. SNRE) Ecology of native oil-producing palms and their potential for biofuel production in southwestern Amazonia.
Amy Eleanor Duchelle. (Ph.D. 2009. SFRC) Conservation and livelihood development in Brazil nut-producing communities in a tri-national Amazonian frontier.
Rosa E. Cossio. (Ph.D. 2009. SNRE) Capacity for timber management among private small-medium forest enterprises in Madre de Dios, Peru. (Co-chair)
Marina Londres Cunha (M.S. 2009. SFRC) Population structure and seed production of Carapa guianensis in three floodplain forest types of the Amazon estuary.
Diana C. Alvira. (Ph.D. 2009. SNRE) Conservation implications of livelihood and park interactions.
Jamie N. Cotta (M.S. 2007. SNRE) Shifting cultivation effects on Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) regeneration.
Percy A. Peralta (M.S. 2004. SNRE) Socioeconomic evaluation of Indigenous communal carpentries in the Peruvian Amazon.
Ana Cristina Puentes (M.A. 2004. LAS) Functional elements and human dimensions of a municipal solid waste management system in the Amazon forest: the case of Puerto Bermudez, Peru.