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Yolanda López-Maldonado

Yolanda López-Maldonado, MSc

Doctoral candidate

Yolanda Lopez-Maldonado is a human ecologist and geographer specialized in freshwater resources, interested in complex systems analysis and groundwater modelling. Her work involves the development of experimental approaches to real-world problems related to human-environment interactions. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Geography at LMU Munich and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.

She has been visiting researcher at the Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and the Natural Resources Institute–University of Manitoba, Canada. She has received a number of awards, including the Indigenous Biocultural Exchange Fund Award, and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center grant. She was selected as a Young Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria in 2015, and at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden in 2016.

Born and raised in Yucatan, Mexico, she has worked for different NGOs and collaborated with communitarian organizations in Mexico towards groundwater conservation. She has been a delegate at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
(UNPFII) United Nations Headquarters, New York. She is currently a member of the Ramsar Culture Network, the specialist group Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, and the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP).

Dissertation project: Groundwater Maya Project (pdf, 86 KB)

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