Christine M. Beitl

2011 Spicer Winner

spicer_beitl.jpgChristine M. Beitl is a doctoral candidate of ecological and environmental anthropology at the University of Georgia. Her areas of interest include sustainability science, economic anthropology, maritime anthropology, conservation, development, community resource management, fisheries, the problem of the commons, and collective action. Her dissertation focuses on the role of collective action—or cooperation for a common goal—in resource sustainability and social-ecological resilience in mangrove fishing communities affected by shrimp farming on the Ecuadorian coast. Focusing on the fishery for the mangrove cockle (Anadara spp.), she has been collaborating with communities and fishery scientists from Ecuadorian institutions to study how people organize around the use of common pool resources during two years of field research supported by the National Science Foundation, Wenner Gren Foundation, and the Fulbright Student Program. Throughout the research process she has organized community workshops to encourage cross-scale collaborations and to ultimately integrate science and culture for the design of more effective participatory fishery policies in Ecuador.

Christine has an M.A. in Latin American studies with a concentration in environmental studies from Florida International University. Since 2004, she has conducted research on ecotourism, the sugar industry, migration, conservation and development in different parts of Latin America including Ecuador, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Bolivia. Since coming to UGA, she has served as a teaching assistant in the Anthropology Department and on the UGA study abroad programs in the South Pacific for a field course in “sustaining human societies and the natural environment” designed to introduce first and second year undergraduate students to the concept of sustainability within an international context. She has also served as managing editor and manuscript editor for the Anthropology Department’s student-run, open-access, online peer-reviewed scholarly journal, Ecological and Environmental Anthropology.


Paul Roge

2011 Spicer Winner

spicer_roge.jpgPaul Roge is a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM). Paul received his BS in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley. At different moments, Paul has been an organic farmer in the Salinas Valley of California, a collective member of an anarchist vermicomposting organization, and an activist with the Landless Rural Workers' Movement in Brazil. Paul's interests most relate to the field of Agroecology, the science of sustainable agriculture. He combines his interdisciplinary background in natural and social sciences to study complex smallholder farming systems in Latin America. Paul strives to conduct participatory research that benefits and interests local collaborators.

Paul's dissertation research focuses on supporting rural communities that practice rainfed agriculture to cope with climatic variability. His research is the result of a two-year collaboration with the farmer-led civil association the Center for Integral Farmer Development of the Mixteca Alta (CEDICAM) in Oaxaca, Mexico . His dissertation falls into three sections: within-field experiments that compare the productivity of maize-bean-squash polycultures with organic soil fertility management to monocultures of maize with synthetic fertilizers; participatory workshops that explore the resilience of different farming systems; and documentation of community-led stewardship of natural resources. His dissertation research is made possible
by the Garcia Robles - Fulbright scholarship, UC MEXUS, and UC Berkeley.