Christian Rivera’s interdisciplinary research program draws on his training in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology and the human dimensions of conservation. His work aims to advance theory and practice under three broad themes: human-wildlife interactions, dynamics of social-ecological systems, and conservation science. He has over ten years of experience working on issues of biodiversity conservation, hunting and wildlife trade, natural resource management, biocultural conservation, environmental sustainability, and ethnoecology in the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Latin America.
Rivera’s recent work has focused on advancing theory and informing policy and conservation efforts in human-dominated environments. He has published in Sustainability, Endangered Species Research, Environmental Management, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, and Frontiers in Conservation Science.
As an Environmental Research and Teaching Fellow at the High Meadows Environmental Institute, Rivera works closely with colleagues in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Department of Anthropology, and the Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment to develop innovate solutions towards the conservation of biological and cultural diversity in a rapidly changing world.