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Dr. Amanda Stronza

Stronza, Dr. Amanda
Dr. Amanda Stronza
Professor; Co-Director, Applied Biodiversity Science Program; Co-Founder, Ecoexist Project, Botswana; Director, Amazon Field School
AGLS 450
http://biodiversity.tamu.edu , http://www.ecoexistproject.org , http://biodiversity.tamu.edu/courses/amazon-field-school/
Undergraduate Education
B.A., International Affairs, George Washington University, 1989
Graduate Education
M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 1995
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2000
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
Praxis Award for Excellence in the Practice of Anthropology
Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar
Vice-Chancellor’s Award in International Involvement, Texas A&M
Dean’s Award for Excellence in International Impact, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Dean’s Award for Excellence in Multidisciplinary Research, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Courses Taught
RPTS/WFSC — Applied Biodiversity Science I
RPTS 460 – Nature, Values, and Protected Areas
RPTS 689 – Ecotourism and Conservation
RPTS 615 – Research Methods


Environmental anthropology, biodiversity conservation,  human-wildlife conflicts, common pool resource management, ecotourism, tourism and ethnicity, Tropical Andes, Amazon, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Research Direction

My research focuses on collective action for conservation.
My goal is to understand the conditions under which individuals come together as groups to protect what they value—whether it be a piece of land, a species, a watershed, a cultural tradition, or a way of life. In places where community conservation has been effective, I look for catalyzing factors that first sparked collective action and then motivated sustained cooperation. I focus on how parks, wilderness areas, and tourism destinations provide incentives and sources of inspiration for community conservation.