Professor, Latin American Studies/Anthropology
Professor Emerita and Distinguished Teaching  Scholar, Latin  American Studies/Anthropology
Center for Latin American Studies
301 Grinter Hall
P.O. Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530
Tel: 352-273-4724
Fax: 352-392-7682

Research Interests

Tropical conservation and development, gender and development

Geographic Expertise

Brazil, Comparative Latin America

Curriculum Vitae


  • ANG 5702 Anthropology and Development
  • LAS 6290 Community Forest Management


Since 1980, Schmink has worked to build interdisciplinary research and training programs in the Center, integrating social science and natural science perspectives to address conservation and development issues with a focus on the Amazon region. She also has served as a consultant for many foundations and development organizations throughout her career. Over the years she has worked with colleagues to raise significant grant and endowment funds to support fellowships, research grants, internships, and other activities for UF students and faculty. From 1990–2003, she directed an “Agroforestry Development Program for Small Producers in Acre, Brazil”, funded by USAID-Brazil and carried out in partnership with a local non-governmental agency called PESACRE. She also has helped to develop programs at UF focused on gender and development issues, most recently the MERGE program (Managing Ecosystems and Resources with Gender Emphasis) and she served as editor of a series of MERGE case studies on gender, community participation, and natural resource management. Schmink has carried out research in the Brazilian Amazon region for the past 25 years, has published numerous books and articles, and teaches courses related to conservation and development at UF.