Professional Skills Coordinator
Tropical Conservation & Development Program
Center for Latin American Studies
388 Grinter Hall
P.O. Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530
Tel: 352-273-4713
Fax: 352-392-7682

Research Interests

Facilitation, conflict and collaboration management, workshop training, adult learning, social learning, tropical conservation and development

Geographic Expertise

Brazil, Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru

Curriculum Vitae



Jonathan Dain is a University of Florida (UF) Lecturer with appointments in both the Center for Latin American Studies and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation.  An applied anthropologist by training, Jon’s work focuses on conflict management, facilitation, and communication/leadership skills for those engaging with natural resource management (and managers) in the United States and abroad.  He directs the UF/IFAS Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute ( and is a core faculty member in both the Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) and the Masters of Sustainable Development Practice (MDP) programs where he teaches graduate classes in his areas of expertise.  Jon is a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator and began his career over 30 years ago as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Extension Agent working with beekeepers in Paraguay. He spends a portion of most summers working with students and natural resource managers in Latin America, primarily Acre, Brazil.