Dr. Cagalanan is a human-environment geographer specializing in the intersection of 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 and other stakeholders on forest landscape restoration. Her project covers a range of interconnected topics, including livelihood and food security, agroforestry, reforestation, biodiversity, local ecological knowledge, indigenous people, land tenure, protected areas, and governance, just to name a few! She conducts action research, meaning she not only works to build knowledge, but she also works with local stakeholders to identify and implement solutions to problems.
Ph.D., Geography, Clark University 2012
Dr. Cagalanan 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 conservation in Latin America.
Dr. Cagalanan teaches a range of topics in human-environment geography, including ANTH/GEOG 120 Cultures and Environments and ANTH/GEOG 300 Human Landscapes, as well as remote sensing in GEOG 311 Earth Observation.
Political ecology, land change science, institutions and governance, protected areas, forest landscape restoration, agroforestry, rural livelihoods and land use, indigenous people