Dan Klooster

Professor, Environ Studies

Degrees: PhD. 1997. University of California Los Angeles, Geography; MA. 1992. University of California Los Angeles. Latin American Studies; MA. 1992. University of California Los Angeles. Urban Planning; BA. 1987. Macalester College, geology, Spanish, journalism.

Office: Environmental Studies, Lewis Hall #122

Office Hours: Thursday 1:15-2:15 and by appointment

Phone: 909/748-8642



Professional Background

Dan Klooster’s research examines sustainable community development strategies in Latin America, including community forestry, forest certification, and ecotourism. He is particularly interested in the ways that immigration and other aspects of globalization affect rural livelihood and conservation in Latin America, and social justice in the US. He recently held a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholarship to study the role of forest certification in conservation and development in Oaxaca, Mexico. His PhD is in Geography, from UCLA.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • LAST 101 Introduction to Latin America
  • LAST 210 Culture, Nature, Power in Latin America
  • LAST 335 Environment and Development in Latin America
  • LAST 360 US Immigration Policy and Latino Communities


  • PhD. November 1997, University of California Los Angeles, Department of Geography
  • MA. June 1992, University of California Los Angeles, Latin American Studies
  • MA. June 1992, University of California Los Angeles, Urban Planning
  • BA. May 1987, Macalester College, St. Paul MN
    Concentrations in geology, Spanish, journalism
  • Languages: Native English speaker, but is fluent in Spanish and knows some Portuguese

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Florida State University
  • Columbia University

Professional Experience

Associate Professor of Geography. Florida State University. 2006 to 2008
Assistant Professor of Geography. Florida State University. 2000 to 2006
Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. 1999 to 2000
Fortune Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation and Development, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University. 1997 to 1999

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar for sabbatical study in Oaxaca, Mexico (August 2007 to June 2008)
    Certified Markets for Conservation and Development: Forest Certification in Mexico
  • 2004-2005 University Teaching Award, Florida State University
  • Water Management Strategies in Urban Mexico: A comparison of concession, NGO, and grassroots approaches to improve human and ecosystem health
    (Funded for $70,000 by the University of South Florida Globalization Research Center, June 1, 2004 to May 31, 2005) With David Barkin at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco, co-PI
  • Constructing Competitive Advantage in North American Furniture Districts: Using design, environmental quality, and regional distinctiveness to maintain space in a global economy. Submitted by the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana – Cuajimalpa to the North American Research Linkages Program of the Canadian Embassy, April 30, 2008, for $11,941 Canadian. With Dr. Alejandro Mercado Celis, UAM-Cuajimalpa and Dr. Deborah Leslie, University of Toronto
  • Fulbright-Hayes Scholar and Inter-American Fellow, Oaxaca, Mexico
    Dissertation research on community forestry,1995
  • IIE Fulbright Scholar
    Studied the social and geomorphologic context of squatter settlements in landslide zones, Colombia, South America, 1987 to 1988

Publications, Presentations and Panels

Klooster. (2009). "Standardizing Sustainable Development? The Forest Stewardship Council’s plantation policy review process." Forthcoming in Geoforum. Published on line March 25, 2009.

Klooster. (2006). "Environmental Certification of Forests in Mexico: The political ecology of a nongovernmental market intervention." Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 96 (3): 541-565.

Klooster. (2005). "Environmental Certification of Forests: The evolution of environmental governance in a commodity network." Journal of Rural Studies. 21 (2005): 403-417.

Klooster. (2005) "Producing Social Nature in the Mexican Countryside." Cultural Geographies (formerly Ecumene) 12: 321-344.

Klooster. (2003). "Regional Forest Transitions in Highland Mexico? The importance of local institutions in a globalized countryside." Professional Geographer. 55(2): 227-327.

Klooster. (2003). "Campesinos and Mexican Forest Policy During the 20th Century." Latin American Research Review. 38(2): 94-126.

Klooster. (2002). "Towards Adaptive Community Forest Management: Integrating local forest knowledge with scientific forestry." Economic Geography. 78(1):43-70.

Klooster and Omar Masera. (2000). "Community Forest Management in Mexico: Carbon mitigation and biodiversity conservation through rural development." Global Environmental Change 10(4):259-272.

Klooster. (2000). "Beyond Deforestation: The Social Context of Forest Change in Two Indigenous Communities in Highland Mexico." Yearbook, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (Journal of Latin American Geography) 26:47-59. 

Klooster. (2000). "Community Forestry and Tree Theft in Mexico. Resistance, or Complicity in Conservation?" Development and Change 31: 281-306. Reprinted in USAID. Forestry Documentation for a summit. 2002.

Klooster. (2000). "Institutional Choice, Community, and Struggle: A case study of forest co-management in Mexico." World Development 28(1): 1-20.

Klooster. (1999). "Community-Based Forestry in Mexico: Can it reverse processes of degradation?" Land Degradation and Development. 10(4): 363-379.

Mutersbaugh, Tad, and Klooster. (accepted in October 2009) "Environmental Certification: standardization for diversity," Chapter 10 in Agriculture, Biodiversity and Markets. Stewart Lockie and David Carpenter, editors. Earthscan.

Barkin, D. and D. Klooster (2006). "Estrategias de la Gestion del Agua Urbana." La Gestion del Agua Urbana en Mexico: Retos, Debates y Bienestar. D. Barkin. Guadalajara, Universidad de Guadalajara.

Klooster. (2006). "Forest Struggles and Forest Policy: Villagers’ environmental activism in Mexico." In Shades of Green, Christof Mauch, Nathan Stoltzfus, and Doug Weiner, editors. Rowman and Littlefield. Pp 183-196.

Klooster. (2006) "Global Markets and Certification: Key issues, recommendations, and questions." In Managing the Commons: Global markets and certification, edited by L. Merino and J. Robson. Mexico City: Instituto de Ecologia. ISBN: 968-817-736-9.

Reprinted as Klooster. (2006) "El Manejo de los Recursos de Uso Común: Mercados, Cadenas Productivas y Certificación. Temas Claves, Recomendaciones, y Preguntas," páginas 76 a 81 en El Manejo de los Recursos de Uso Común: Mercados, Cadenas Productivas y Certificación. L. Merino and J. Robson editores. Mexico City: Instituto de Ecologia.

Klooster and Shrinidhi Ambinakudige. (2005). "The Global Significance of Community Forestry in Mexico." Chapter 13 in The Community-Managed Forests of Mexico: The Struggle for Equity and Sustainability. Edited by David Barton Bray, Leticia Merino-Pérez, and Deborah Barry. University of Texas Press.

Reprinted as: Klooster and Shrinidhi Ambinakudige (2007). "La Importancia Mundial del Manejo Forestal Comunitario en México." Páginas 379 a 416 en Los Bosques Comunitarios de México: Manejo Sustentable de Paisajes Forestales. David Barton Bray, Leticia Merino-Pérez, and Deborah Barry editores. Instituto Nacional de Ecologia, Mexico.

Professional Affiliations

  • Congress of Latin Americanist Geographers, treasurer
  • Latin America Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
  • Association of American Geographers
  • Latin American Studies Association


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