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Core Faculty & Staff

The instruction and management of UF’s MDP draws on experienced and dynamic faculty located in seven different colleges: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the College of Public Health & Health Professions, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Design, Construction & Planning, the Warrington College of Business Administration and the Levin College of Law.

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Program Administration

NameEducationSpecializationsRegions of Expertise
Glenn Galloway
Program Director, Faculty Member
Ph.D. Forest Sciences, University of Washington

M.F. Forest Genetics, University of British Columbia

B.Sc. Forest Biology, Colorado State University
International forestry and agroforestry, project planning and management, community based forest resource managementSouth and Central America
Andy Noss
Program Coordinator
Ph.D. Geography, University of Florida

M.A. Intl Econ / Soc Change & Devel, Johns Hopkins U SAIS

B.A. Intl Relations, Carleton College
Protected area and indigenous territory management, community wildlife management, sustainable wildlife use, endangered species, one world / one health, camera trap survey methods, corporate social responsibilityCentral/East Africa, South America

Core Faculty

NameDepartmentSpecialization(s)Geographic Expertise
Renata Serra
Center for African Studies

MDP Graduate Coordinator
African development, political economy, economic reforms and aid, gender issues and women's empowerment, agricultural development and cotton sectors, social capital and collective action, microfinanceFrancophone West Africa; Mali
Brian Child
GeographyProtected area management, conservation of natural resourcesSouthern Africa
Jon Dain
Tropical Conservation and Development / Center for Latin American StudiesFacilitation, conflict and collaboration management, workshop training, adult learning, social learning, tropical conservation and developmentBrazil, Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru
Greg MacDonald
Agronomy, Institute of Food and Agricultural SciencesWeed science, herbicide physiology and biochemistry, invasive plant management, crop production – focus heavily on peanut, tropical cropping systemsUSA, Guyana, Haiti

Ignacio Porzecanski
School of Natural Resources and EnvironmentAdaptive management, natural resource management, biodiversity conservationUruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil
Sarah McKune
Department of Environmental and Global Health, Center for African StudiesGlobal health, nutrition, food security, gender, pastoralism, livelihoods, social and ecological resilience, climate change, health outcomes associated with climate change, maternal and child health, health in the African Sahel, HIV/AIDSSahel Region of West Africa
Susan Paulson
Center for Latin American Studies, Tropical Conservation and DevelopmentSocial/cultural anthropology, gender, political ecologyLatin America
Pilar UsecheFood and Resource Economics, Center for Latin American StudiesDevelopment economics, innovation and technology adoptionLatin America

Joel Correia
Center for Latin American StudiesIndigenous politics and indigeneity, human rights, social and environmental justice, development, territory, political ecology, applied and participatory research methodsLatin America

Rebecca Williams
Center for Latin American StudiesGender and developoment, youth violence, climate change, rural livelihoods, feminism and masculinities, social justice, human rights, sustainable development, capacity development, facilitationLatin America, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nepal
Marianne Schmink - Professor Emerita
Center for Latin American StudiesTropical conservation and development, gender and developmentBrazil, Comparative Latin America