CURRICULUM VITÆ

 

 

 

Ronald B. Nigh                                                           October 29, 1947

Airepuro # 60, Tlalpuente                                           Kearney, Nebraska

México, D.F. 14460                                                    USA

Tel:  52-5849-0299      52-967-100-4219                    SS# 508-54-3961                                                                   

September 2006                                              e-mail:  rbnigh@prodigy.net.mx

 

Current position:  Profesor-Investigador, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social. Chiapas, Mexico

 

EDUCATION

 

1976   Ph.D Stanford University, Social Anthropology

 

1970   M.A. Stanford University.  Anthropology

 

1969   B.A. Stanford University.  Anthropology.

 

 

FIELDS OF INTEREST

 

Ecological and environmental anthropology.

Agroecology and organic farming

Cooperatives and smallholder organizations

Globalization and local livelihood

 

Landscape ecology

Biodiversity and ecosystem restoration

Community resource management

Spatial analysis and geographical information systems         

 

Area interest:  Mesoamerica and the Caribbean

                        Maya area

           


WORK EXPERIENCE

a) ANTHROPOLOGY, ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

2006-8             Coordinator Maestría en Antropología Social del CIESAS Sureste

 

2002                Class of 1946 Visiting Professor of International Environmental Issues. Williams College, Williamstown, MA (Spring Semester),

1994-

to present.      Profesor/Investigador, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social del Sureste (CIESAS), San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México

 

2000               Representative to Academic Committee on Chiapas State Government Development Plan 2000-2006. Social Policy. September to November.

 

1998                Advisor, “Sustainable development for the Indian peoples of                                               Chiapas, Mexico. Special investigation for  “Grupo Galileo”                                       Senate of the Republic of Mexico,

 

1997                Coordinator “Indigenous Profiles of Chiapas”. Special project for                                       The World Bank and the Instituto Nacional Indigenista.

        

 1995               Academic Secretary (1995) of the Centro de Investigaciones                                               y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social del Sureste                                                           (CIESAS Sureste), San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas.

 

1990-92           Research Scientist and head of the Laboratory of Global                                                      Ecology, Centro de Ecología, Universidad Nacional

                        Autónoma de México, Mexico City.

 

1990                Advisor. Centro para Documentación de America Latina

(CADAL), Project for Diagnostic of Indian Communities in the Istmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX).

 

1988                Science advisor.  Greenpeace International. Mexico City

 

1988-90           Special advisor for research funding.  La Coordinación de la

Investigación Científica (Office of the Dean of Science), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico City.

 

1987                Director, Mexico Program.  Conservation International.

Mexico City.

 

1985-87           Director, Mexico Country Program, The Nature Conservancy

International Program.  Mexico City.

 

 

 

1983-84           Special advisor to the Governor of the State of Quintana Roo

for the "Sian Ka’an" Bisophere Reserve, Q.R.

 

1982                Advisor, biological and ecological aspects of maize for the

exhibition "Maíz--Fundamento de la Cultura Mexicana" (Maize—Basis of Mexican Culture) Museo de Culturas Populares, México, D.F.

 

1982                Research anthropologist, Impact Assessment of Port

Development in Laguna de Ostión and Salina Cruz, Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico. Ecological Aspects.  Secretaría de Educación Pública, Dirección General de Cultura Popular.

 

1980-81           Research Anthropologist. Environmental and Social Impact

of Petroleum Development in Southeastern Mexico. Centro de Ecodesarrollo (CECODES).  Mexico City.

 

1979                Research Anthropologist, Ecodevelopment Strategies for

Coffee Areas of Mexico. Centro de Ecodesarrollo (CECODES) Mexico City.

 

1978                Research Anthropologist, Nutritional Ecology of the Indian

Communities of Highland Chiapas.  Centro de Investigaciones Ecológicas del Sureste (CIES).  San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas.

 

1976-77           Rockefeller Foundation Environmental Fellow. 

Agriculture and Resources Management among Mayan Ethnic Groups of Chiapas.  Centro de Investigaciones Ecológicas del Sureste (CIES).  San Cristóbal las Casas, Chiapas.

 

b)     TECHNICAL ASSITANCE AND TRAINING IN AGROECOLOGY

2004                Foundation of the Organic Seed Project at Rancho Esquipulas, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas

 

2004                Quality control in organic coffee production. Jaltenango, Chiapas. Abril.

 

2002                Marketing organic cacao. Reserva de Montes Azules, Selva Lacandona. 26 de noviembre.

 

2001                Organic Floriculture (with Martha Zarate). Foro para el Desarrrollo Sustentable, A.C. Program for Innovation in Agroecology. Zinacantan, Chiapas, 21-23 June.

 

2001                Vermicompost. Tzjib Babi y Foro para el Desarrollo Sustentable, A. C. Tumbalá, Chiapas. March 8 .

 

2000                                Seed Selection and Saving.. Xochimilco, México D.F. Programa de Unidades Agroecológicas (Dana and Departamento del Distrito Federal) September.

 

2000                Ecological Soil Management Workshop (8 hours). Foro para el Desarrollo Sustentable, A. C.  San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. 30-31 August.

 

2000                                Introduction to the ‘Organic Milpa’. Primer Encuentro del Maíz Maya-Zoques.  (several Chiapas Indians organizations). San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, 14-16 April.

 

2000                Workshop on organic fertilizers—Bocachi. Xochimilco, Mexico City.  (Dana and Mexico City Government). March.

1999                                Workshop on organic agriculture. Faculty of Agronomic Sciences. University of Chiapas. (attendance 100) Villa Flores, Chiapas. 24-29 March.

1999                Mexico organic cacao agroforestry program. Background and Reference Paper. Dana A.C.  Report prepared for Land O’ Lakes/International Indian Treaty Council, Farmer to Farmer Program.

 

1997                                Initiate (February) Workshop “Ecology and Production” Permanent Seminar as part of Training Program for Indian Community Educators (Dana A.C: and CIESAS). One day per month (Ended November 2000).

 

1996                                The Maya and Technology, Local and Scientific Knowledge for Agricultural Renovation. (Conference) Encuentro Internacional sobre Agroecología. 6 November. Unión de Ejidos Otilio Montaño- Motozintla, Chiapas.

 

1996                Workshop on Organic Coffee. Ejido Zapata,, Lake Miramar, Chiapas June. (Dana A.C.: Program on Ecotourism and Organic Agriculture—continues).

1996                Workshop on Organic Vegetable Production. Indian community educators. San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. March. (Dana & CIESAS)

1995                Workshops on Organic Coffee. Ejidos of Vistahermosa and Jalpan, Puebla. (Dana & Secretary of Social Development), January.

 

1994                               Scientific Bases of Agrocecology (40 hours).   VI Jornadas Científicas, Escuela de Ciencias Químicas, University of Chiapas, Tapachula, Chiapas. (November)

 

1994                Dana inaugurates non-profit shop in Mexico City “La Granja Orgánica” to promote organic products in the domestic market. (November).

1994                Organizing committee- First IFOAM Conference on Organic Coffee. 11-14 April. Tapachula, Chiapas.

1994                                Traditional Maya Agriculture. (Conference) Forum on Alternatives for Agricultural Development. 1-3  March. ISMAM. Motozintla, Chiapas.

 

1994                                Workshop on Organic Coffee. El Pozo, Cancuc, Chiapas. February. (Dana, A.C., Despertar del Pueblo Maya, A.C. Secretary of Social Development.)

 

1993                                Scientific Bases of Agroecological Production. (40 hours). Technical Support Group for the Lacandon Rainforest.  December, Comitán, Chiapas. (Dana, A.C. State Government of Chiapas, Federal Environment Ministry).

 

1993                Four Workshops on Organic Coffee. Republic of El Salvador. (National Cooperative Business Association, CLUSA El Salvador) June-July.

1993                                Proposal for Mexican National Organic Rule delivered to Secretary of Agriculture. January.  (Dana, A.C.; Asociación Mexicana de Agricultores Ecológicos).

 

1992                                Workshop on  Organic Coffee for Chatino Indian Organizations. November.  (Dana, A.C. and Instituto Nacional Indigenista).

 

1992                Workshop on Quality Control in Organic Coffee. Unión de Ejidos, Talchichilco, Puebla. November. (Dana, A.C. and Secretary of Social Development).

 

1992                Workshop on Organic Coffee. Unión de Ejidos, Tlachichilco. Puebla. August. (Dana, A.C. and Secretary of Social Development).

1991                                Organic Coffee Production. (Conference). Curso-taller Latinoamericano de Capacitación de Café Orgánico. June ISMAM. Motozintla.

 

1991                                Organic Coffee and Indian Farmer Coops. (Conference). II Simposium on Indian Peoples and Natural Resources. Instituto Nacional Indigenista. Oaxtepec, Morelos

 

1991.                              Consulting and Evaluation of  “Traditional Agriculture and Ecosystem Management”  Federal Program of Dirección de Culturas Populares (Consejo Nacional de Cultura y las Artes), Throughout the year.

 

1991                                Workshop on  Organic Coffee. Unión de Comunidades Indígenas “Cien Años de Soledad”.  January. Pluma Hidalgo. Oaxaca. (Dana, A.C. and Instituto Nacional Indigenista.

 

1990                                Feasibility Study. Rubber production and Sustainable Development. July-August.  Secretary of Agriculture (Fondo de Fomento Forestal).. 

 

1990                                Technical Assistance on Certification for Organic Vanilla.  Usila, Oaxaca Vanilla Growers Cooperative. April. Federal Program of Dirección de Culturas Populares (Consejo Nacional de Cultura y las Artes).

 

1987                                Dana Association founded in Mexico City on October 26, to promote ecologically sound techniques in Mexican Agriculture and Forestry.

 

PUBLICATIONS

2006                con S Diemont, JF Martin, S Levy-Thacher, P Ramírez L y JD Golicher.  Lacandon Maya forest management: restoration of soil fertility using native tree species. Ecological Engineering doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2005.10.012

 

2006                con K Romero-Balderas, EJ Naranjo y HH Morales. Daños ocasionados por vertebrados silvestres al cultivo de maíz en la Selva Lacandona, Chiapas, Mexico, Interciencia, Vol 31, No 4: 276-283.

 

2005                con Alma Amalia González. Smallholder participation and certification of organic farm products in Mexico, Journal of Rural Studies, Vol. 21: 449-460.

 

2005                con Alma Amalia González, Who Says It’s Organic?  Certification and Smallholder Participation in the Global Market (Mexico). Reimpreso. Gaceta Ecológica (diciembre) Instituto de Ecología

 

 

2005                con Alma Amalia González, Who Says It’s Organic?  Certification and Smallholder Participation in the Global Market (Mexico). En L. Merino y J. Robson, editors.  Managing the Commons: Markets, Commodity Chains and Certification. Pág.  México: Instituto de Ecología

 

 

 

 

2004                Réussite indienne dans la mondialisation. En  M. Dauzier, coord. Le Mexique face aux Etats-Unis: Stratégies et changements dans le cadre de l’ALENA, pág. 217-236. Paris: L’Harmattan (in French).

 

 

2003                Demographic change and ecology in the Highlands and Lacandon rain forest of Chiapas. In Ulrich Kohler, editor Chiapas 2000

Hechos y perspectivas en vísperas del nuevo milenio. Berlin: Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut de Berlín (in German)

 

2002                Acción colectiva, capital social y recursos naturales: Las organizaciones agroecológicas de Chiapas. En G. Vargas, coordinadora. De lo privado a lo público, pág. 73-110. México: CIESAS y Porrúa.

 

2002                Pobreza, Seguridad Alimentaria Y Recursos Naturales en La Política Social de Chiapas.  En María Eugenia Reyes y Araceli Burguete, coordinadoras. La Política Social en Chiapas. UNICACH.

 

2002                Maya medicine in the biological gaze: Bioprospecting research as herbal fetishism. Current Anthropology, Vol 43, No. 3: 451-478.

 

2001                Legislación Indígena y Recursos Naturales. In Lourdes de León, editor Costumbres, leyes y movimiento indígena en Oaxaca y Chiapas, pág. 229-242. México City:  CIESAS y Editorial Porrúa.

 

2000                Contested identities in the global market place: Post peasant economic organization in Chiapas. In G. Rodríguez G. &  R. Snyder, editors. Strategies for Resource Management, Production and Marketing in Rural Mexico, pp. 105-130. La Jolla: Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego.

 

2000                                with Charles Benbrook, Stephen Brush, Luis García-Barrios, Rafael Ortega-Paszka, Hugo Perales. Transgenic crops: A cautionary tale. Science (Letters) Vol. 287: 1927.

 

1999                Agriculture in the information age.  The transnational ecology of  corporate versus smallholder farming. Urban Anthropology Vol. 28 (3-4):  1-46.

 

1999                with  Ann Walsh and Dahinda Meda  Cafe Mam and ISMAM.  In

Multinational Management: A Strategic Perspective, South Western

College Publishing, 399-406.

 

1998                with Rosalva Aída Hernández Castillo. Global processes and local

identity among Mayan coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico. American Anthropologist. Vol. 100, No. 1: 136-47.

 

1997                Organic agriculture and globalization: a Maya associative

corporation in Chiapas, Mexico.  Human Organization. Vol. 56, No. 4: 427-36.

 

1997                Consecuencias de la colonización para las selvas tropicales en

México. Colegio de Etnólogos, En X. Leyva Solano y G. Ascencio Franco, editores, Colonización, Cultura y Sociedad. Pp 173-234. Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas: Universidad de Ciencias y Artes del Estado de Chiapas.

 

1996                with Silvia Ozuna. Cambio tecnológico y cambio político: la

propuesta de la agricultura orgánica para el campo mexicano. En Desarrollo Sustentable de Base. In press.

 

1995                Animal agriculture and the reforestation of degraded tropical

rainforests. Culture and Agriculture. (Bulletin of the Culture and Agriculture Group). American Anthropological Association. Spring/Summer. Nos. 51/52: 2-6.

 

1995                with Nemesio Rodríguez.  Territorios violados: indios.

medioambiente y desarrollo en América Latina. Consejo Nacional de la Cultura/Instituto Nacional Indigenista, Mexico City.

 

1994                with George Collier and Daniel Mountjoy. Peasant agriculture and

global change: a Maya response to energy development in southeastern Mexico. Bioscience. Vol. 44, No. 6: 398-407.

 

1993                with Ariel Alcántara, Gabriela Cuevas and Martha Chavez.  Cambio

forestal en la Sierra Norte de Chiapas:  implicaciones para una ecología de la restauración.  CECODES/SAGDR.  In press.

 

1992                with Ariel Alcántara, Gabriela Cuevas y Martha Chavez.  Modeling

human disturbance regimes in a tropical rain forest using remote sensing.  Research Paper # 1 Laboratory of Global Ecology, Centro de Ecología. UNAM, Mexico City.

 

 

1992                La agricultura orgánica y el nuevo movimiento campesino en

México.  Antropológicas No. 3, Nueva Epoca, pág. 39-50.

 

1992                Deforestation, development and land use in the greater Maya

region. (Part II).  Final report of the Pilot Project, CIESIN. Laboratory of Global Ecology Centro de Ecología, UNAM.

 

1991                Hierarchical systems theory: an approach to global environmental

information systems. Technical report for Pilot Project  CIESIN. Laboratory of Global Ecology Centro de Ecología, UNAM.

 

1985                With Margarita Nolasco and others.  Café y Sociedad.  Centro de

Ecodesarrollo (CECODES).Mexico City.

 

1983                With J. Nations.  Agrísilvicultura de los Lacandones de Chiapas". 

Civilización.  Vol  1: 341:371.  México, D.F.

 

1983                La Industrialización de la Agricultura. Ciencia y Desarrollo.  Vol.

 50 mayo-junio.  México, D.F.

 

1982                With A. Toledo y otros.  Petróleo y Ecodesarrollo en el Sureste

de México.  Centro de Ecodesarrollo.  Mexico, D.F.

 

1980                With J. Nations.  Tropical Rainforests.  The Bulletin of the Atomic

Scientists, marzo: 12-19

 

1980                With J. Nations.  The Evolutionary Potential of Lacandon Maya

Sustained-yield Tropical Forest Agriculture".  Journal of Anthropological Research, Vol. 36, No. 1-30

 

1979                El ambiente nutricional de los mayas de los Altos de Chiapas.

 America Indígena, Vol.  XL: 73:93

 

1978                With J. Nations.  "Cattle, Cash, Food and Forest". Culture and

Agriculture.  Bulletin of the Anthropological Study Group on Agrarian Systemas.  No. 6, August.

 

1977                Animales de Pastoreo y la nutrición mineral del ecosistema. 

Agroecosistemas de Mexico.  Efraín Xoloxtzi (ed.) Colegio de Posgrado, Chapingo, México.

 

1977                Evolutionary Ecology of Highland Maya Milpa

                        Agriculture. Unpublished Ph.D dissertation,  Stanford University.

 

 

 

 

IN PREPARATION

Lakandon Maya successional management and anthropogenic soils in the Americas.

With Stewart Diemont, Samuel Levy

 

Agriculture and landscape in Northern Mesoamerica: An Alternative Environmental History. For Biodiversity and Conservation Value of Agricultural Landscapes of Mesoamerica Working Group supported by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). With Anabel Ford

 

 

 

TEACHING: ECOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

 

1989    Human Ecology: a synthetic approach (undergraduate) Faculty of Sciences,

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

 

1992    Geographical Information Systems and Image Analysis in Landscape Ecology

(Graduate) Centro de Ecología, UNAM

 

1996-99  Ecology and Production. Three year seminar for primary school teachers

giving bi-lingual education in Indian areas of  Chiapas.  Centro de                   Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS).

 

1997    Seminar on Methodology: Ethnographic Images of Chiapas (Graduate). Centro

de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) Masters program.

 

1999    Ecology, Culture and Development (Graduate). Centro de Investigaciones y

Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) Masters Program.

 

2000    Ecology and Culture (Undergraduate). Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas. Facultad de Ciencas Sociales, Programa de Antropología Social.

 

2002    International and Environmental Justice Issues (Undergraduate) Center for Environmental Studies, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

 

2003    Global Stewardship Institute.Intensive course on Global Issue and Human Geography. Washington & Lee University. Lexington, VA

 

2006    Antropología de la Sociedad de Red: Teoría Social y Cultural.

 

2006    Seminario de Investigación. Herramientas de Investigación en la Red. Maestría en Antropología Social CIESAS Sureste. San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas

 

REFERENCES

 

Dr. David B. Bray

Chair and Associate Professor

Dept. of Environmental Studies

Florida International University

Miami, FL  33199

Tel: (305) 348-6236

Fax: (305) 348-6137

Email: brayd@fiu.edu

 

Dr. Gabriela Vargas Cetina

Profesora en Antropología 

Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

Dirección: Facultad de Antropología,

Calle 76#455-LL.  Mérida 97000.

Tel: (9) 925 4523

Email:  gvargas@webtelmex.net.mx

 

Dr. Kai  N. Lee

Director and Rosenburg Professor of Environmental Studies

Center for Environmental Studies, Williams College

P.O. Box 632

Williamstown MA  01267 USA

Tel: (413)597-2358

Fax: (413)597-3489

Email:  Kai.N.Lee@williams.edu

 

Dr. Anabel Ford

Office Address:                            

 ISBER/MesoAmerican Research Center      

 University of California                  

 Santa Barbara,  CA  93106  USA           

 805-893-8191  Office                    

 805-893-5677  FAX                       

 email: ford@isber.ucsb.edu