Tropilunch is a weekly seminar run by graduate students from the Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program. It provides a forum for a range of discussions and presentations related to TCD work and research. Students are provided with an opportunity to present and discuss their research projects with peers and faculty. In addition, discussion sessions on issues of current interest are also held. Visiting scholars and conservation practitioners also participate when available.

It is held every Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. in Grinter 376. Tropilunch schedule will be posted at the beginning of each semester.

Spring 2018

DateName, Position & InstitutionTitleYoutube
Jan 23Danilo Almeida, 
PhD Student,
Department of Forest Sciences - LCF/ESALQ University of Sao Paulo
Fragmentation effects on the canopy structure of tropical rain forest edges after +20 years of the disturbance using LiDAR remote sensingLink
Jan 30Breton K. Homewood, MDP Student, Peace Corp Campus Recruiter,
University of Florida.
Peace Corp Volunteer from 2012-2016
Agroforestry Systems in ParaguayLink
Feb 6CancelledCancelled
Feb 13Jackie Allegra Curnick, MDP Student,
University of Florida
Environmental Health and Justice in the ArcticUnavailable
Feb 20Maria Margarita Fontecha-Tirado, MDP Student,
University of Florida
A New Hope. Social Capital and Community Capacity Building for Forest Conservation in Caqueta (Colombia), under a post-conflict scenario
Feb 27Meshach Pierre, Consultant,
Iwokrama Internat’l Centre / Panthera / Rupununi Wildlife Research Unit, Guyana
Costs of human-caiman conflict and benefits of caiman-based tourism: Living with South America’s largest aquatic predator
Mar 6Russell Anderson, 2017 Graduate, MDP,
University of Florida
Building a Sustainable 2050. The multinational and transdisciplinary approach to a better tomorrow
Mar 13Myrian Barboza, PhD. Candidate,
Anthropology program at UF/ Profesor, Anthropology and Archaelogy program, UFOPA (Brazil)
“Every place has an owner!”: Intangible beings and Katukina indigenous people relationship in appropriation, use and sharing of territories (Amazon, Brazil).
Mar 20Tania Romero Bautista, MDP Student,
University of Florida
Field Practicum Research: TBD
April 3Ana Luiza Violato Espada, Natalie Cooper, Karen Kainer, and Eduardo Bongiolo,
SFRC, University of Florida.
Exchange workshop in Acre, Brazil: Logging in Protected Areas: communities that flourish can inform those that struggle
April 10Beatriz Lopez Gutierrez, PhD. Student,
University of Florida
Participatory mapping of hunting pressures within the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
April 17Diego Juárez-Sánchez, Lab manager at Prof. Romagosa's Lab, WEC, University of Florida.Native predator Invasive Prey interactions; what we know and what we are are looking to know. Insights from otter poop
April 24Gretchen Stokes, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, UF (Interdisciplinary Ecology)Movement and air-breathing ecology of Arapaima sp. in the Amazon: Implications for community-based natural resource management

Tropilunch – Fall 2017