Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez
Dr. Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez, Associate Research Scientist and Lecturer
Columbia University, E3B
1017 Schermerhorn Ext.
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-8178
Fax: 212-854-8188
Short Bio
Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez is a forest ecologist with extensive experience in research and implementation of development and conservation projects in Amazonia. Currently, he is co-investigator on multidisciplinary research and training projects in Brazil and Peru. His most recent publications deal mostly with the patterns and effects of smallholder management of tropical ecosystems and landscapes.
Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana, Forestry, B.S., 1980
Yale University School of Forestry & Env. Studies, Forest Science, M.F.S., 1989
Yale University School of Forestry & Env. Studies, Forestry, D.F., 1995
Columbia University Forest Ecology 1995-1996
2004 – present. Research Director, Land use changes and rural populations in the Peruvian Amazon
2004 – present. Research Coordinator, Changes in resource use and rural mobility in the Brazilian Amazoln
2003 – present. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University.
2001-present. Scientific Coordinator: People, Land Management and Environmental Change (PLEC)
1996-present. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology , Columbia University
1996-present. Associate Research Scientist, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University
1996-Present. Director, Peru Sub-cluster: People, Land Management and Environmental Change (PLEC)
Publications (selected)
Sears, R.R., and M. Pinedo-Vasquez. 2004. Axing the trees, growing the forest: smallholder timber  production on the Amazon varzea. Pages 258-275 in D. Zarin, J. Alavalapatti, F.E. Putz, and  M.C. Schmink, eds. Working Forests in the American Tropics: Conservation through sustainable  management? Columbia University Press, New York.
Pinedo-Vasquez M, J.P. Barletti, del Castillo T.D. and K. Coffey. 2002. Tradition of change: The dynamic relationship between biodiversity and society in sector Muyuy, Peru. Environmental Science and Policy 5: 43-53.
Pinedo-Vasquez M, C. Padoch, McGrath D. & T. Ximenes-Ponte. 2002. Biodiversity as a product of smallhodler response to change in Amazonia, pp. 167-178. In H. Brookfiel, C. Padoch, Parsons H and M. Stocking (eds.), Cultivating Biodiversity. ITDG Publishing, London.
Zarin D.J, V.F.G. Pereira, H. Raffles, F.G. Rabelo, Pinedo-Vasquez M. & R.G. Congalton. 2002. Landscape change in tidal floodplains near the mouth of the Amazon river. Forest Ecology and Management 154:383-393.
Pinedo-Vasquez, M., D. Zarin & P. Jipp. 1990. Land use in the Amazon. Nature 348: 397.
Pinedo-Vasquez, M. And M. Pinedo-Panduro. 2002. From forests to fields: Incorporating smallholder knowledge in the camu-camu program in Peru, pp. 179-186. In H. Brookfiel, C. Padoch, Parsons H and M. Stocking (eds.), Cultivating Biodiversity. ITDG Publishing, London
Padoch, C. & M. Pinedo-Vasquez. 2001. Resource management in Amazonia: Caboclo and ribereño traditions. Pages 364-376 in L. Maffi (ed.), On Biocultural Diversity. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington.
Pinedo-Vasquez, M, D. Zarin, K. Coffey, C. Padoch & F. Rabelo. 2001. Post-boom logging in Amazonia. Human Ecology 29: 219-239.
Padoch, C, M. Ayres, M. Pinedo-Vasquez & A. Henderson (eds). 1999. Varzea: Diversity, Development  and Conservation of Amazonia’s Whitewater Floodplains. New York Botanical Garden Press, New York.
Pinedo-Vasquez, M. 1995. Human Impact on Varzea Ecosystems in the Napo-Amazon, Peru. Doctoral dissertation, Yale School of Forestry & Env Studies, New Haven.
Research Projects and Synergetic Activities
(1)  I currently participate in several international and regional long-term research, conservation and development projects as an expert in identifying and evaluating smallholder resource use technologies and quantifying their ecological impacts on the structure and composition of vegetation cover, regeneration dynamics, ecosystem function and landscape configuration.
(2)  As a member of the PLEC Scientific Technical Advisory Team, I advise on a variety of issues including agrobiodiversity and technology databases and biodiversity indices appropriate for resource management research.
(3)  At Columbia University I teach several semester-long and short courses to graduate and undergraduate students, researchers and technicians including an average of four short courses (a 3-week duration) each year in Peru (in Spanish) and Brazil (in Portuguese).
Benjavan Rerkarsem, Chiang Mai  University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Christine Padoch, The New York Botanical Garden
Eduardo Brondizio, Indiana University, Bloominton, Indiana
Fernando Rabelo, Universidade Estadual do Pará, Belém, Brazil
Jomber Chonta Inuma, Reserva de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá, Tefé, Brazil
Kanok Rerkarsem, Chaing Mai University, Chaing Mai, Thailand
Liliana Dávalos, American Museum of Natural History
Mario Pinedo-Panduro, Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonía Peruana, Iquitos, Peru
Mauro Almeida, Universidad Federal de Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Peter Deadman, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Robin Sears, Center for Environmental Studies and Conservation, Columbia University
Toby McGrath, Instituto de Pesquisa Amazonica do Medio Ambiente - IPAM, Belém, Brazil