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Georgina Cullman is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. An interdisciplinary scientist, her work explores the social context of conservation efforts, using the tools of anthropology and geography to understand projects often inspired by ecological research. Broadly, Cullman works to contribute to efforts to sustain biological and cultural diversity. One current research project aims to draw lessons from how coral reef managers across the tropics have worked to enhance the resilience of coral reef ecosystems and the societies that depend on them in the face of multiple threats at different scales – for example, rising sea surface temperatures, overfishing, and sedimentation. In the Solomon Islands Biocultural Landscapes initiative, Cullman is developing the initiative’s focus on food security, nutrition, and sociocultural values relating to food production, procurement, processing, and consumption. 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.
- 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).
- 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