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Elizabeth Shapiro - Garza, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy & Management and Assistant Professor of the Practice of

Elizabeth Shapiro - Garza

Elizabeth Shapiro is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley and her master's degree from Yale University. Shapiro's research focuses on market-based conservation initiatives in Latin America, their social and environmental impacts and their intersection with development projects and goals at multiple scales. She has examined these themes in the context of national payment for ecosystem services programs in Mexico, cacao agroforestry systems in biosphere reserve buffer zones in Panama and Costa Rica, and coffee sustainability certification programs in El Salvador. Shapiro has published broadly on topics of conservation and development in both academic and applied fora.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  A142B LSRC
Office Phone:  (919) 681-7781
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Teaching (Fall 2019):

    Grainger 2102, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    LSRC ONLINE, W 08:00 PM-09:30 PM

Ph.D.University of California at Berkeley2010
MESc, Human EcologyYale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies2010
PhD, Environmental ScienceUniversity of California, Berkeley2010
BA, Biology and Environmental StudiesOberlin College

environmental sociology & anthropology
environmental policy
forest management and silviculture
global climate change
environmental values
Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Shapiro-Garza, E., Contesting the market-based nature of the Mexico's national payments for ecosystem services programs: Four sites of articulation and hybridization, Geoforum, vol. 46 (2013), pp. 5-15 [PDF[abs]
  2. Shapiro, E.N. & P. Fadem, Forests, in In J. Conant and P. Fadem (ed.), A Community Guide to Environmental Health, Hesperian Foundation, Berkeley, CA, p. 175-198 (2008) [PDF]
  3. Shapiro, E.N., Arboles de Usos Múltiples en El Salvador: Un Manual para Propagación y Reforestación [Multiple Use Trees of El Salvador: A Guide for Propagation and Reforestation], in USAID & Peace Corps. San Salvador, El Salvador (92 pgs.) (1998)
  4. Shapiro-Garza, E, Contesting market-based conservation: Payments for ecosystem services as a surface of engagement for rural social movements in Mexico, Human Geography: a New Radical Journal, vol. 6 no. 1 (2013), pp. 134-150 [repository]  [abs]
  5. Conant, J. & E.N. Shapiro, Restoring land and planting trees, in In J. Conant and P. Fadem (ed.), A Community Guide to Environmental Health, Hesperian Foundation, Berkeley, CA. p. 279-318 (2008) [PDF]
  6. Shapiro - Garza, E; Tran, B, Acciones Ambientales para el Mejoramiento del Medio Ambiente en las Comunidades Rurales [Environmental Actions for Improving the Environment of Rural Communities] (1998), pp. 1-240, United States Peace Corps, Fondo Inciativa para las Americas de El Salvador, Research Triangle Institute and GreenCom  [abs]
  7. Alix-Garcia, J., E.N. Shapiro, K.R.E. Sims, Forest conservation and slippage: Evidence from Mexico’s national payments for ecosystem services program, Land Economics, vol. 88 no. 4 (2012), pp. 613-638 [PDF[abs]
  8. Shapiro, E.N., Interview: Jesús León Santos, Integral Peasant Development Center of the Mixteca (CEDICAM), Mexico, in Eds. A. Cohn, et al., Agroecology and the Struggle for Food Sovereignty in the Americas. International Institute for Environment and Development, London, Great Britain, p. 160-163 (2006)
  9. McAfee, K. & E.N. Shapiro, Payment for ecosystem services in Mexico: Nature, neoliberalism, social movements and the state, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 100 (3), p. 579-599 (2010) [PDF]
  10. Méndez, V. E., E.N. Shapiro & G.S. Gilbert, Cooperative management and its effects on shade tree diversity, soil properties and ecosystem services of coffee plantations in western El Salvador. Special Issue on Agroforestry for Ecosystem Services and Environmental Benefits, Agroforestry Systems, 76, 111-126 (2009) [PDF]
  11. Connelly, A. & E.N. Shapiro, Agricultural expansion by smallholders as a threat to the ecological integrity of La Amistad Biosphere Reserve: Perceived vs. real impacts of cacao and cattle, Journal of Sustainable Forestry, V. 22 (1/2), 115-141 (2006) [PDF]

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