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Aoife Kate Pitts

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I graduated from the University of Alabama in 2021 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.S. in Conservation Ecology. My interest in political ecology and community-led conservation arose from ethnographic fieldwork in Belize that explored the motivating factors of conch piracy. Other research projects have included analysis of the connections between land-use change and food insecurity in Laos, and spatial analysis of narco-trafficking through Central America.  

In my current work, I analyze the implementation and impact of biodiversity-focused conservation policies in the Colombian Amazon. My research integrates social-ecological systems theory, ethnoecology, and multi-species ethnography to work towards conservation policies that recognize and protect entanglements of biodiversity, natural resource dependent livelihoods, and cultural practices. 

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Selected Publications:

Pitts, A.K. Trost, B, Trost, N, Hand, B & Margulies, J. (2022, 5 16). Learning with the seed
bomb: on a classroom encounter with abolition ecology. Journal of Political Ecology 29(1):302–308. doi:10.2458/jpe.4715  

LaFevor, M.C.; Pitts, A.K. Irrigation Increases Crop Species Diversity in Low-Diversity Farm Regions of Mexico. Agriculture 2022, 12, 911. agriculture12070911 


Robert E. Rhoades Pre-Dissertation Travel Award, Summer 2023 

Integrative Conservation Travel Grant, Summer 2023 

Integrative Conservation Conference Support, Fall 2023 

UGA Graduate School NSF Incentive Award, Spring 2024 


B.A. in Anthropology, University of Alabama 2021

B.S. in Conservation Ecology, University of Alabama 2021

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