Enriching the Agricultural Matrix: Farmer engagement in biological corridor projects in Costa Rica


My proposed dissertation research explores how an agroecological understanding of production landscapes can be leveraged to center farmer-mediated conservation within forest landscape restoration programs in Central America. My long-term research goals are at the intersection between rural livelihoods and environmental conservation, taking a social justice approach to land sovereignty and traditional forms of agriculture.  For my dissertation, I will be focusing on agroforestry systems-- characterized by the management of trees alongside crop and/or livestock production—and their potential to serve as both an alternative to intensive agriculture and an approach to cost-effective restoration.

Yesenia Valverde
Publication date: 
February 16, 2022
Publication type: 
Student Research