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William Durham, Ph.D., CREST's Director at Stanford, is the Bing Professor in Human Biology in the Department of Anthropology, and the Yang and Yamazaki University Fellow. Bill has worked in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama, including a year with the Native American Kuna. Together with students, Bill has conducted impact assessments of ecolodges in Costa Rica and Peru. His publications include Scarcity and Survival in Central America (Stanford 1979), The Social Causes of Environmental Destruction in Latin America (U. Michigan Press, 1995, with M. Painter), and Ecotourism and Conservation in the Americas (CABI, 2008, with A. Stronza.) Bill has particular interest in ecotourism as a means to promote conservation and development in Central America, Africa, and Galapagos.
Claire Menke's academic and research pursuits have focused on finding a viable intersection between economic development and conservation in Latin America, one of the more sustainable solutions being ecotourism. After completing honors thesis research in the Peruvian Amazon on the effect of tour group composition on animal behavior during ecotours, she graduated from Stanford University in 2010 with a B.A. in Anthropology and honors from the Department of Anthropology and the Goldman Honors Program in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy. In 2011 Claire received her M.S. in Earth Systems at Stanford University, with a concentration on the political economy of sustainable development and conservation. She is currently a Social Sciences Researcher for the Department of Anthropology and for the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.
William P. Barnett, Ph.D. is Professor of Strategic Management and Organizational Behavior at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. He studies systems of competition, and how different logics of competition affect the development of organizations. Currently he is studying how certification systems shape competition among ecotourism organizations, and how such competition in turn helps or hinders environmental outcomes.
Margaret "Meg" Caldwell, J.D.
Rodolfo Dirzo, PhD. is professor of conservation biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford, with research ongoing in Mexico and Central Amazonia. His work focuses on the implications of global biodiversity loss and human-environment interactions, with a specific emphasis on the importance of preserving ecosystem functions rather than individual species. Most recently, Professor Dirzo contributed to CREST’s research study in July 2009 on the impacts of coastal tourism development on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.
Barton ("Buzz") Thompson, J.D./M.B.A., is the Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law and Vice Dean at Stanford Law School and a Senior Scholar at the Institute for International Studies. Co-author of Environmental Law and Policy (Foundation Press, 2003), Buzz's current research focuses on environmental certification programs and the role of non-profit and commercial organizations in the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity.
Peter Vitousek, Ph.D., is professor of biological sciences and Clifford G. Morrison Professor of Population and Resource Studies. His wide-ranging interests include nutrient cycling, greenhouse gases, and invasions of exotic species. He focuses on linking conservation concerns with the functioning of ecosystems and the workings of the biosphere. He has particular interest in the conservation potential of ecotourism in island ecosystems, especially Hawaii.