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Kim Williams-Guillén, Ph.D

Adjunct Assistant

Education: 

Ph.D., New York University, Department of Anthropology, 2003.
M.Phil., New York University, Department of Anthropology, 2000.
M.A., New York University, Department of Anthropology, 1998.
B.A., University of California Santa Cruz, Anthropology Board of Studies, 1995.

About: 

I am a conservation scientist with almost 20 years of experience of work in Central America. My main research interests have involve the role of matrix habitats (i.e., the usually degraded or human-managed lands beyond protected areas) in wildlife conservation in the Neotropics. I have served as the Director of Conservation Science for Paso Pacífico, a non-profit dedicated to biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods in southwestern Nicaragua. Currently, I continue working on a couple of projects with Paso Pacífico; I am also an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan, where I focus on engaging with students interested in sustainable agriculture as I transition from inside scientist to farmer. Along with my partner, in late 2017 I started my own farm where we are establishing climate-resilient, tree-based agriculture. In my work I draw from diverse disciplines, from ecology to anthropology to agricultural sciences.

Accolades: 
  • Winner, Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge, USAID in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and TRAFFIC, for “The trade of endangered sea turtle eggs: detecting and monitoring regional transit routes,” 2016.
  • NSF Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2006 – 2010.

Select publications: 
  • Williams-Guillén, K., and A. Medina 2011. Evaluación de amenazas a la biodiversidad en el norte central y atlántico sur de Nicaragua: promoviendo el manejo de recursos naturales tras el Programa de Conservación y Turismo Sostenible (PCTS). Paso Pacífico, Managua, Nicaragua.
  • Williams-Guillén, K. 2008. Bats and birds: a potent team for coffee plantations. BATS 26(2):4-5.
  • Williams-Guillén, K., D. M. Griffith, J. Polisar, O. Dixon, G. R. Camilo, and K. Bauman. 2006. Abundancia de animales de caza y cacterísticas de cacería en el territorio indígena de Kipla Sait Tasbaika, reserva de biosfera BOSWAS. WANI 46:37-61.
  • Williams-Guillén, K., D. M. Griffith, J. Polisar, O. Dixon, G. R. Camilo, and K. Bauman. 2006. Poblaciones de Animales Silvestres y Sostenibilidad de la Cacería en Kipla Sait Tasbaika, Bosawás, Nicaragua. Zoológico de Saint Louis, Proyecto Biodiversidad de la Reserva de Biosfera Bosawás, Managua, Nicaragua.
  • Williams-Guillén, K., C. McCann, and E. Dierenfeld. 2003. Food selection by mantled howling monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in a shade coffee plantation: resource abundance and nutrient content. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Suppl. 36:226-227.
  • Williams-Guillén, K., and C. McCann. 2002. Composición y fenología de la comunidad de árboles en el cafetal con sombra de la hacienda La Luz, Volcán Mombacho, Nicaragua. Revista Protección Vegetal (Universidad de El Salvador) Año 12, No. 2:31-38.
  • Williams-Guillén, K., and C. McCann. 2002. Ranging behavior of Nicaraguan howling monkeys (Alouatta palliata) as evidence for within-group competition. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Suppl. 34:166.
  • Williams-Guillén, K., and C. McCann. 2001. Ranging behavior of howling monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in Mombacho Volcano, Nicaragua: a GIS-based approach. American Journal of Primatology 54:70-71.