Assistant Professor, Geography
Dr. Cagalanan is a human-environment geographer specializing in the intersection of forest conservation/restoration, livelihoods, and agriculture in tropical forest environments, particularly in Southeast Asia. She has a long-term social-ecological research project in the Philippines where she works with rural communities on forest and landscape restoration. Her project covers a range of interconnected topics, including reforestation, agroforestry, protected areas, livelihood and food security, biodiversity and ecosystem services, local ecological knowledge, indigenous people, land tenure, and governance, just to name a few! She conducts action research, meaning through her academic projects she works with local stakeholders to identify, design, and implement solutions to major sustainability challenges.
Dr. Cagalanan is involved in several international non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder and Executive Board Vice President of the Restoration Initiative for Sustainable Ecosystems (RISE), a Philippines-based NGO that works on native species reforestation and landscape restoration. She is also a Senior Associate Scientist for the Philippines country office of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), an international NGO that works on agroforestry throughout the tropics; and she serves on the Advisory Committee for EcoLogic, an NGO based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that works on community-based conservation in Latin America.
On campus, she is the founding faculty advisor for SPROUT, a student club whose mission is to promote awareness and educate students about ways to sustainably engage with the environment
Ph.D., Geography, Clark University 2012
Dr. Cagalanan teaches a range of topics in human-environment geography, including ANTH/GEOG 120 Cultures and Environments, ANTH/GEOG 300 Human Landscapes, GEOG 341 Geography of Food and Agriculture, GEOG 342 Forests and People with associated lab, and GEOG 311 Earth Observation.
Political ecology, sustainability, forest and landscape restoration, agroforestry, permaculture, protected areas, rural livelihoods and land use, institutions and governance, indigenous people