My research was recently featured in: "360: The Magazine of San Diego State University".
I research, write, and teach about population, environmental change, indigenous rights, and conservation issues in Latin American and Oceania. My recent research has involved the micro-ecology of coastal and marine resource use; the human dimensions of marine protected areas; participatory remote sensing, GIS, and mapping; resilience and vulnerability of coastal communities to climate change and natural disasters; and community-based resource management and development. In addition to my position in the Department of Anthropology, I am the co-director and undergraduate adviser of the Sustainability Program. I am also affiliated with the Center for Latin American Studies, and I run the Environmental Anthropology Lab (EAL) here at SDSU. More recently I have joined the Artisanal Fisheries Research Network based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
I have just started a new research project (2013-2015) on the island of Mo'orea in French Polynesia. Funded by NSF's Coastal SEES program the project is examining the human dimensions of coral reef resilience. I'm collaborating with a group of scholars from UC-Santa Barbara and the Mo'orea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research Site. See this page for more information.
See these links for more information about my research in the, French Polynesia, Solomon Islands and Venezuela, my past development work as a Peace Corps volunteer, the courses I teach, and my current CV.
Publications: Google Scholar
Lauer, M., S. Albert, et al. (2013). "Globalization, Pacific Islands, and the paradox of resilience." Global Environmental Change 23(1):40-50 (download)
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