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Jim Nations

Jim Nations is Conservation International's Vice President for Mexico and Central America. He is a leading anthropologist in the conservation field. Over the past 15 years, he has worked for conservation of tropical ecosystems in Mexico, Central America, and South America. His research has focused on the interface between human communities and protected areas, specifically sustainable development, frontier agriculture, population dynamics, and human exploitation of tropical forests. He lived three years among the Lacandon Maya, a rainforest tribe in Chiapas, Mexico, two years in the Chiapas Highlands, and three years in Guatemala. As an advisor to Guatemala's National Council for Protected Areas, his work was instrumental in the government's decision to establish the three million acre Maya Biosphere Reserve. Fluent in Spanish and Yucatec Maya, he holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

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