Garcia-Quijano, Carlos


Associate Professor, Joint appointment (Anthropology)
Office: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Telephone: (401) 874-4297


Carlos García-Quijano holds a Ph.D. in ecological and environmental anthropology from the University of Georgia, along with a Master of Science degree in geology and reef palaeoecology and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Puerto Rico. In his research and teaching, Garcia-Quijano strives to understand the dynamic and evolving relationship between people and their ecosystems. He has a special interest in how human cognition, culture, and society influence the interaction between people and the non-human environment, as well as who bears the impacts and the responsibility for environmental problems.

Garcia-Quijano’s applied goal is to help prevent environmental degradation and its differential impacts on the less powerful sectors of society. Towards these purposes he uses the tools of anthropology together with those of disciplines such as ecology, cognitive science, and ecological economics.

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Georgia, 2006. (Dissertation title: “Resisting Extinction: The Value of Local Ecological Knowledge for Small-Scale Fishers in Southeastern Puerto Rico.” Graduate Committee: O. Brent Berlin, Benjamin G. Blount, Theodore L. Gragson.
  • M.A. in Geology (Reef Palaeoecology), University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, M.S., 2000.
  • B.S. in Biology, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, 1996.