Deborah Andrews
2015 Kushner Award Winner 

kushner_andrews.pngDeborah Andrews is a Ph.D Candidate with a concentration in cultural anthropology at the University of Florida. Her primary research interests are ethnobotany, environmental anthropology, globalization, and human rights. Her current research is on the biodiversity consequences of globalized agriculture via social networks of Andean quinoa farmers in Peru. Deborah holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida, a J.D. from the University of Florida, and a B.A. from the University of Maryland in Psychology. Deborah practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Florida, before returning to graduate school. 

 

Elizabeth Eklund
2015 Kushner Award Winner

kushner_eklund.jpgElizabeth Eklund's research interest is the intersection of people and nature. As part of a project that resulted in a master's degree from San Diego State University, she is studying an international framework for establishing protected areas (UNESCO's Man in the Biosphere, Biosphere Reserve program), focusing on the process of proposing a new Biosphere Reserve in the Sierras Guadalupe and Giganta in Baja California Sur. Previous projects include: assisting with the coordination of a binational workshop on the Tijuana River Watershed held in Tijuana, Baja California, and Imperial Beach, California (Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy, San Diego State University); an environmental sciences master's degree from University of Virginia, Charlottesville, on how natural and cultural resources are protected in US National Park and National Forest systems; and a senior thesis (University of California, Berkeley) on how crows and ravens were discussed in the field notes of zoologists in the San Francisco Bay Area. Elizabeth is currently a socio-cultural anthropology Ph.D student at the University of Arizona, focusing on transboundary watersheds and collaboration with communities.