Interview with Adan Martinez Cruz, global network coordinator at the Faculty of Forest Sciences (S) .
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am an empirical economist, trained in the University of Maryland, USA. I enjoy and seek for multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary research projects dealing with impacts from economic activity on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Currently, I am working on estimating the value that visitors to Galapagos Islands assign to conservation measures that will improve marine ecosystem services and biodiversity health in Galapagos.
What is you experience from global development work?
Before joining SLU’s Department of Forest Economics in 2019, I was Assistant Professor in Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE), Mexico, and before that, I was a postdoctoral researcher at ETH-Zurich, Switzerland.
Given this continuous jumping from one country to another, it will not surprise you that I am currently involved in projects with researchers and students (at bachelor, master, and PhD levels) affiliated to universities in Ecuador, Mexico, India, Sweden, Switzerland, France, and USA. My research in Latin American contexts is also motivated by collaborations with colleagues affiliated to international institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the Charles Darwin Foundation.
How can you contribute to SLU’s global mission?
I believe that I am at a stage in my professional career in which I can help triggering synergies across disciplines and topics both within SLU and among SLU and institutions in other countries – which is at the core of SLU’s global mission. Thus, do not hesitate in contacting me if you think I can be of help when it comes to directing you towards researchers and/or students at SLU that may share your research interests – in particular, those in the Faculty of Forest Sciences.
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