Title

Coexisting Natures in the Tropical Dry Forests of Mexico

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

The coastal region of Jalisco, Mexico, known for its biological diversity, is home to many endemic species of the tropical dry forest. In the heart of the forest resides the Estación de Biología, Chamela (EBCh), a biological research station administered by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). EBCh is located in the Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve, and within this region biologists work intensively to try to understand the biological dynamics and systems throughout this unique coastal ecosystem. Wherever research is produced, local knowledge, participation, and opposition often become intertwined. This intersection allows for anthropological lenses to unveil perceptions from the community of the land to the community of science, thus to ultimately understand the challenges among various stakeholders. A comparison of the perceptions of wildlife and domesticated life was conducted among farmers, biologists, and conservationists throughout the region of Chamela and Cuitzmala, Jalisco. Ethnographic accounts show that although the guarded natural lands benefit regional tourism, preservation, and conservation, the discrepancies of land use between these institutions and the public threaten the need for future integration of biological and cultural conservation. College of the Sciences Presentation Award Winner.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Rodrigo Renteria

Department/Program

Anthropology & Museum Studies

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Coexisting Natures in the Tropical Dry Forests of Mexico

Ellensburg

The coastal region of Jalisco, Mexico, known for its biological diversity, is home to many endemic species of the tropical dry forest. In the heart of the forest resides the Estación de Biología, Chamela (EBCh), a biological research station administered by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). EBCh is located in the Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve, and within this region biologists work intensively to try to understand the biological dynamics and systems throughout this unique coastal ecosystem. Wherever research is produced, local knowledge, participation, and opposition often become intertwined. This intersection allows for anthropological lenses to unveil perceptions from the community of the land to the community of science, thus to ultimately understand the challenges among various stakeholders. A comparison of the perceptions of wildlife and domesticated life was conducted among farmers, biologists, and conservationists throughout the region of Chamela and Cuitzmala, Jalisco. Ethnographic accounts show that although the guarded natural lands benefit regional tourism, preservation, and conservation, the discrepancies of land use between these institutions and the public threaten the need for future integration of biological and cultural conservation. College of the Sciences Presentation Award Winner.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/COTS/2