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Sustainable Development in the Amazon

OCT 02, 2017 | 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


October 02, 2017: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM




Sustainable Development in the Amazon
Speaker: Thomas Rudel, Rutgers University

Tom Rudel got his first exposure to tropical rain forests right after college when he worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It proved to be a pivotal experience! After earning a PhD in sociology, he carried out a series of studies of the social forces that have caused the recent destruction of so many tropical forests. He has written two books and more than thirty articles on cattle ranching and the loss of tropical forests. These studies have included both detailed, village level studies in the Ecuadorian Amazon and quantitative analyses at the global scale. He is currently a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Human Ecology and Sociology at Rutgers University.