Graduate Profiles

Berbes, Marta


Email:

  • mberbes@yorku.ca

  • Year Entered: 2008

    Student Info

    Comprehensive Areas

    • Complexity in social-ecological systems and resilience theory
    • Rural livelihoods through the lens of complexity

    Committees

    Berna can Wendel de Joode (Universidad Nacional), Martin Bunch (Chair), Mulvihill, Garry Peterson (Stockholm Resilience Centre), William Found, Peter

    Previous Education

  • Chemistry (Major), Environmental (Minor), McGill University, Montreal (2001)
  • Graduate Diploma in Environment (2005), McGill University, Montreal
  • Masters in Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto (2008)
  • Publications

    Publications

    Peer-Reviewed Publications

    • Berbés-Blázquez, M., Oestreicher, S.J., Mertens, F., Saint-Charles, J. (2013, submitted). Ecohealth and resilience: Learning from experiences in research and practice. Ecology & Society.
    • Bunch, M.J., Parkes, M., Morrison, K., Zubrycki, K., Venema, H., Halstrom, L., Neudorffer, C., Berbés-Blázquez, M. (2013, submitted). Watershed management and public health: An exploration of the intersection of two fields as reported in the literature from 2000-2010. Environmental Management.
    • Berbés-Blázquez, M., Feagan, M., Waltner-Toews, D., Parkes M.W. (2013, submitted). The need for heuristics in ecohealth research. EcoHealth.
    • Berbés-Blázquez, M. (2013). When a tree falls in a forest (and it does not make a sound). Human Dimensions, 2: 69-72.
    • Berbés-Blázquez, M. (2012). A participatory assessment of ecosystem services and human well-being in rural Costa Rica using photo-voice. Environmental Management, 49(4): 862-875. doi: 10.1007/s00267-012-9822-9.

    Book chapters

    • Found, W.C. & Berbés-Blázquez, M. (2012). Tracking the sugar-cane landscape of the Caribbean Islands as a social-ecological system. In Plieninger, T., and Bieling, C. (Eds.). Resilience and the cultural landscape: Understanding and managing change in human-shaped environments. (pp. 164-184). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

    Other publications

    • McCullagh, S., Hunter, B., Houle, K., Massey, C., Waltner-Toews, D., Lemire, M., Saint-Charles, J., St-Cyr Bouchard, M.,  Surette, C., Webb, J., Beck, L., Parkes, M., Woollard, R., Berbés-Blázquez, M., Feagan, M., Halpenny, C., Harper, S., Oestreicher, S., Passos, C., Morrison, K., (Eds.) (2012). Teaching manual: Ecosystem approaches to health. Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. www.copeh-canada.org/upload/files/teaching_manual_ecohealth.pdf
    • Berbés-Blázquez, M. (2011). Adaptive co-management: Collaboration, learning and multi-level governance (book review). Ecological Economics, 7(3): 564.
    • Berbés-Blázquez, M. (2011). Frutos de injusticia: agricultura intensiva en Costa Rica. Revista Latinoamericana Refundación, November.
    • Veterinaries Without Borders (2010). One health for one world: A compendium of case studies. Veterinaries Without Borders.
    • Berbés-Blázquez, M. (2007). The application of ecosystem approaches in the Golden Horseshoe Region, Ontario. Faculty of Environmental Studies Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Series, pgs 13, 5.

    Reports

    • Bunch M.J., Morrison K., Neudorffer C., Halstrom L., Parkes M.W., Venema H., Zubricki K., Berbés-Blázquez, M. (2012). Watershed management and public health: An exploration of the intersection of two fields as reported in the literature from 2000-2010. Working Paper Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health.
    • Berbés-Blázquez, M. (2010). Grant technical report: Envisioning alternative futures: Narratives on ecosystems and health in the Volcán watershed (Costa Rica). International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada.

    Services & Experience

    Services & Experience

    Academic Service

    • 2007 Graduate Curriculum Subcommittee, MES program representative, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
    • 2006 Faculty Appointment Advisory Committee, MES program representative, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

    Teaching Experience

    • Course Director (2010) Scientific Knowledge and Environmental Issues, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto.
    • Teaching Assistant (2011) Ecology and Conservation Science, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto
    • Teaching Assistant (2009) Protected Area Management, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto
    • Teaching Assistant (2008), Fundamentals of Environmental Management, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto
    • Teaching Assistant (2006), Science and the Environment ,Faculty of Science and Engineering, York University, Toronto
    • Guest lecturer (2011) Impact Assessment Process and Practice, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto
    • Guest lecturer (2010) Geographical Transformation of the Caribbean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Department of Geography, York University
    • Guest lecturer (2008) Program Implementation, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto

    Awards

    • 2012 Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University
    • 2011 Howard Daugherty Memorial Award, Fisher Fund
    • 2011 John A. Livingston Ecological Conscience and Nature Advocacy Award - Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
    • 2011 Adrienne Pocock Memorial Award, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
    • 2010 Unilever Canada Graduate Award in Environmental Studies, York University
    • 2009 Fisher Fund for Neotropical Conservation, Fisher Fund
    • 2009 Graduate Development Fund, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University
    • 2008 EcoHealth Research Grant, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health (CoPEH-Can)
    • Graduate Training Award, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health (CoPEH-Canada)
    • York Graduate Entrance Scholarship, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University

    Conference & Presentations

    Conference & Presentations

    Conference Presentations

    • 2012 From ecosystem services to ecosystem benefits: Managing trade-offs in human well-being in agricultural communities in Costa Rica. Paper presented at the 6th Annual International Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Conference, Oregon, USA, July.
    • 2011 A participatory assessment of ecosystem services and human well-being in rural Costa Rica using photo-voice. Resilience, Arizona, USA. March
    • 2011 Ecohealth and resilience: Trading lessons for human health research and practice (panel chair). Resilience, Arizona, USA. March
    • 2010 Participatory environmental management in the face of export-based pineapple production in Costa Rica. International EcoHealth Conference, London, UK. August
    • 2010 Resilience thinking and ecohealth (panel chair). International EcoHealth Conference, London, UK. August
    • 2010 Institute for Environmental Studies Biodiversity Day, Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. July
    • 2010 with Found, W.C. The sugar-cane cultural landscape of the Caribbean Islands: Tracking a social-ecological system from the 16th to the 21st century. Social-Ecological Resilience of Cultural Landscapes International Workshop, Berlin, Germany. June
    • 2009 Adaptive governance: Navigating surprise in resource-dependent communities. Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. December
    • 2009 Envisioning alternative futures: Narratives on ecosystems and health in the Volcan watershed (Costa Rica). York University Faculty of Environmental Studies Research Symposium, Toronto. Awarded best PhD presentation. April 28
    • 2009 with Found, W.C. Using resilience theory to analyze regional geographic change in the Caribbean islands. York University Geography Research Day, Toronto. April
    • 2009 Integrating eco-health approaches into the university curriculum (panel). Ecosystem Approaches to Health Forum, Guelph. February
    • 2008 with Bunch, M.J. Considering eco-health approaches from an implementation perspective. Paper presented at the International Forum EcoHealth 2008, Merida (Mexico). December
    • 2008 Introducing adaptive co-management in Costa Rica: Risks and opportunities. Paper presented at Graduate Student Conference - Centre for Caribbean and Latin American Studies (CERLAC), Toronto. November

    Guest Lectures

    • GEOG 4020 - Geographical Transformation of the Caribbean, Department of Geography, York University, Toronto
    • Winter 2008 Graduate course Program Implementation, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto
    • GEOG 4020 - Geographical Transformation of the Caribbean, Department of Geography, York University, Toronto

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