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RIA # 20: Dr. Ana Spalding on Interdisciplinary Research


Dr. Ana Spalding

Dr. Ana Spalding

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Ana Spalding, an Assistant Professor of Marine and Coastal Policy in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. Dr. Spalding has a BA in Economics from the University of Richmond, an MA in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami, and a PhD in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She has been a Postdoctoral researcher and a research associate with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. Theoretically, her work is informed by debates within political ecology, human geography, and environmental anthropology, and she has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to the study of how broad uses of coastal, marine, and terrestrial resources in Panama affect local people and environments. During her research, Dr. Spalding has worked closely with Panamanian NGOs and with NOAA’s National Marine Protected Areas Center in California. She has also engaged with academics and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, including ecologists, biologists, anthropologists, economists, policy-makers, and lawyers as well as members of local indigenous communities in both the U.S and the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Panama.

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Interdisciplinary Research [00:00-10:57]

In this first segment, Ana describes some of her past and current interdisciplinary research projects and discusses what makes them interdisciplinary.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: Planning for the Unexpected with Research [10:58-21:09]

In segment two, Ana describes transitioning her research in Panama to her work at OSU and how she plans for the unexpected.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 3: Scientific Diasporas & Internationalization of Education [21:10-33:47]

In segment three, Ana defines scientific diasporas and discusses some ways to engage in international collaborations.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Bonus Clip # 1: The Importance of Offering Students an International Research Experience [00:00-2:08]

In this bonus clip, the following resources are mentioned:

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