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2017 pima county observatory small grants

Congratulations to our winners: Hannah Farrell,  The interaction between wildfire and grazing as a management tool, and Eileen Jeffrey Gutiérrez, The response of Aedes aegypti populations to climate change.

Gold miners in French Guiana

November 2017

The geographer François-Michel Le Tourneau is back from doing fieldwork in French Guiana with the clandestine Brazilian gold miners who are active in this French overseas territory.


About 40 individual interviews were done with a number of individuals working around the gold placers (workers, placers' heads, merchants, motorcycle pilots, prostitutes...).

This study is part of the GUYINT project which analyzes land governance in the Guiana plateau.

Resilience and complexity, a Udall Center & UMI iGLOBES workshop

November 6-8, 2017 at the Marshall building

The Udall Center of the University of Arizona and the UMI iGLOBES held an international workshop on “Resilience and complexity: frameworks and models to capture social-ecological interactions”. The objective of the workshop was to address issues linked to the use and conception of conceptual frameworks and models in the assessment of socio-ecological processes. The workshop put a particular emphasis on the question of integrating resilience and complexity theories in those endeavors to further an understanding of local and transboundary resilience to global change. By bringing together specialists from different countries and US universities, the workshop's purpose was to build a network on those issues and strengthen the cooperation between the UMI and the Udall Center, collectively identifying opportunities for interdisciplinary research projects that enhance societal and environmental outcomes.

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