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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.
Austin Cruz is a Social Sciences Researcher for the Anthropology Department and for the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Before completing his Master’s in Latin American Studies at Stanford, he lived and traveled throughout South America and Spain and graduated from the University of Southern California. During his Master’s program, Austin was a research intern at CREST under Dr. Durham where he investigated and developed reports on sea level rise and costal tourism in Latin America. He is bilingual in Spanish and fluent in Portuguese, and his academic and research interests include sustainable development, energy, and renewable resources in Latin America.
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.