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Carlos Avendano

Sessional Lecturer

Carlos is a physical geographer interested in learning historical ecology and landscape evolution as a basis for supporting local sovereignty processes. He has worked in community-based forestry with Mayan villages in the northern tropical rain forests, cloud forests, and alpine forests in Guatemala. Since 1998, he has gained experience in the co-production of knowledge with Mayan villages. Currently, he is collaborating with his research team in Guatemala to support locally based education both in rural and urban contexts.

Carlos earned a BSc in biology at San Carlos University in Guatemala, an MSc in rural development at ECOSUR in Mexico, a PhD in physical geography at the University of Toronto, and a post-doctoral degree at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.