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Professor receives National Science Foundation grant

Daniel Klooster will examine the biodiversity conservation in Oaxaca, Mexico

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December 12, 2011—Daniel Klooster, professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands, has received a $161,998 grant from the National Science Foundation for his research project: “Trans-border Indigenous Environmental Governance: Assessing the Connections of Mexican Indigenous Peoples in the United States to their Communities of Origin.”

One of the key questions that Dr. Klooster will be examining in this project is the way in which an indigenous territorial community in Mexico is able to survive in a moment of globalization as it is ripped apart by migration. Dr. Klooster and his team will study the repercussions of these indigenous people abandoning their communities to look for work in the United States and elsewhere, while maintaining contact with their Mexican communities by traveling back and forth.

“These indigenous territorial communities own about 10 percent of Mexico’s territory. We’re talking about a mega bio-diverse country,” Klooster said. “What the indigenous people in Mexico do has very important implications for the conservation of biodiversity, carbon mitigation and water provisioning in Mexico,” he added.

Klooster said he is looking forward to having student researchers from the University of Redlands participate in studies in Oaxaca, Mexico in May 2013 and May 2014. The students will visit the community of Macuiltianguis and study the forest, forest management cooperative, and related eco-tourism projects.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent federal agency, was created by Congress to promote the progress of science and is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities.

Media contact: 909-748-8070, public_relations@redlands.edu  


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