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Georgina Cullman is an interdisciplinary scientist at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. She translates social and ecological research to apply it in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. Her research explores the social context of conservation efforts, using the tools of anthropology and geography to understand conservation policy and initiatives. As part of the Solomon Islands Biocultural Landscapes initiative, Cullman is investigating changing foodways, nutrition, and their link to vibrant land- and seascapes. Another current project is reviewing efforts to sustain biological and cultural diversity through interviews with researchers and practitioners in the field as well as through the literature. For her dissertation, Cullman explored the multiple and contested values relating to land use in a new conservation area in northeastern Madagascar. Cullman received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Columbia University, her Masters in Interdisciplinary Ecology and Tropical Conservation and Development from University of Florida, and her B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale College.
Bennett, N., Roth, R., Klain, S., Chan, K., Clark, D., Cullman, G., Epstein, G., Nelson, P., Stedman, R., Teel, T., Thomas, R., Wyborn, C., Currans, D., Greenberg, A., Sandlos, J & Verissimo, D. In press. Mainstreaming the social sciences in conservation. Conservation Biology. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cobi.12788/abstract (Accessed June 28, 2016)
Cullman, G. 2015. Community Forest Management as Virtualism in Northeastern Madagascar. Human Ecology 43(1): 29-41. Available at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10745-015-9725-5 (Accessed August 5, 2015).
Sterling, E. J.; Betley, E., Gomez, A., Sigouin, A., Malone, C., Arengo, F., Blair, M., Cullman, G., Filardi, C., Landrigan, K., Roberts, K., and Porzecanski, A. L. 2016. Stakeholder engagement for biodiversity conservation goals: assessing the status of the evidence. Biodiversity Technical Brief for USAID. Available at: https://dec.usaid.gov/dec/content/Detail.aspx?ctID=ODVhZjk4NWQtM2YyMi00YjRmLTkxNjktZTcxMjM2NDBmY2Uy&rID=Mzc0NDQ5
Cullman, G. and D. Rakotobe. 2016. An Introduction to the Ecological and Political Context of Biodiversity Conservation in Madagascar. Madagascar Issue. Lessons in Conservation 6: 6-7. Available at: http://www.amnh.org/our-research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation/publications/lessons-in-conservation/lessons-in-conservation-issue-vi
Cullman, G. and D. Rakotobe (eds.). 2016. Madagascar Issue. Lessons in Conservation 6. Available at: http://www.amnh.org/our-research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation/publications/lessons-in-conservation/lessons-in-conservation-issue-vi
Cullman, G. 2015.Field Journal: The Link Between Conservation and Nutrition. American Museum of Natural History blog: http://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/from-the-field-posts/field-journal-the-link-between-conservation-and-nutrition
Cullman, G. 2015. A Primer on Environmental Anthropology for Conservation Biologists. Pp. 7-11 in N.J. Bennett & Roth, R. (eds.) The Conservation Social Sciences: What?, How? and Why? Vancouver, BC: Canadian Wildlife Federation and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia.
N.J. Bennett, R. Roth, S. Klain, K.M.A. Chan, D.A. Clark, G. Cullman, G. Epstein, M.P. Nelson, R. Stedman, T.L. Teel, R. E.W. Thomas, & C.Wyborn. 2015. The Conservation Social Sciences: An Overview and A Process for Setting a Research Agenda. Pp. 63-77 in N.J. Bennett & Roth, R. (eds.) The Conservation Social Sciences: What?, How? and Why? Vancouver, BC: Canadian Wildlife Federation and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia.
Sterling, E., G. Cullman, W. Housty, J. Housty, and C. Filardi. 2014. The Benefits of Drawing on Multiple Knowledge Systems for Conservation Decision Making. Science Chronicles. September 2014, pp. 3-7. Available at: https://www.conservationgateway.org/ScienceChronicles/Pages/sc0914.aspx
Cullman, G. 2014. Drawing on Environmental Anthropology for Biocultural Approach to Conservation. Anthropology and Environment Section News. Anthropology News 55(7): e32-59. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1556-3502.2014.55704.x/abstract
Cullman, G. and E. Sterling. 2014. Learning from Bright Spots: The Complexity of Cross-Scale Dynamics in Island Management.Science Chronicles. May 2014, pp. 3-6. Available at: http://www.conservationgateway.org/ScienceChronicles/Pages/sc0514.aspx
Cullman, G. (ed.) 2014. Resilience Sourcebook: Case studies of social-ecological resilience in island systems. Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY. Available at: http://www.amnh.org/our-research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation/events-exhibitions/conferences-and-symposia/2013-island-systems/case-studies