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Kate Pitts

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I graduated from the University of Alabama in 2021 where I earned 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. Future research will investigate how protected areas impact communities’ participation in conservation efforts, their environmental governance, and food security.


B.A. in Anthropology, University of Alabama 2021

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

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