Project Overview

The Role of Land-Use Policy on Shaping Biodiversity in the Sierra San Pedro Ma┬┤rtir region of Baja California, Mexico

Faculty Sponsor

Andy Pattison (


Environmental Studies


This summer project is part of a larger interdisciplinary investigation of the impact of various land-management practices and policies on biodiversity in the Sierra San Pedro Mártir region of Baja California, Mexico. Students will aid in the analysis of transcripts of field interviews with ranchers, scientists, and government officials regarding land-use policy and management information at local and regional scales. This will involve using MAXQDA software (or perhaps an equivalent software) to code these transcripts for emergent themes using qualitative analysis methods and, depending on findings and timing, will conduct initial descriptive quantitative statistics. If the student has relevant GIS skills and experience, there is a potential for some GIS mapping as well.  

Student Qualifications

Upper-level ENST or ENST-affiliated (e.g. Environmental BIOL, GEOG, ECON, or GEOL) student with demonstrated high-quality research and writing skills and familiarity with MAXQDA software and coding procedures. Familiarity with GIS software is desirable, but not required.  

Number of Student Researchers

1 student

Project Length

6-8 weeks

Applications open on 01/03/2020 and close on 03/11/2020

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