Our Team

Gary Paul Nabhan

Gary Paul NabhanFounding Director Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan is the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Food and Water Security for the Borderlands, and co-founder (with Dr. Maribel Alvarez) of the Sabores Sin Fronteras Foodways Alliance in 2010. He serves on the Mayor's "Commission on Food Security, Heritage and Economy" for the City of Tucson. He initiated and co-authored with Jonathan Mabry and others Tucson's application for UNESCO designation as a City of Gastronomy, in addition to writing or editing another 26 books on food, agriculture and collaborative conservation.

He is widely recognized as one the pioneers of the local food movement, the grassroots efforts to save heirloom and native seeds, and the collaborative conservation movement of ranchers and environmentalists that are forging the radical center."  finish on Gary's page...



Maribel Alvarez

alvarez_maribel_0Maribel Alvarez received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2003 and is an associate professor of anthropology and an associate research social scientist with the Southwest Center, both in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Alvarez is an anthropologist, folklorist, curator, and community arts expert who has documented the practice of more than a dozen of the country’s leading emerging and alternative artistic organizations. finish on Maribel's page...



Laurel Bellante

Laurel2Research Associate Laurel Bellante is currently in southern Mexico, working on her PhD. dissertation in Geography at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on the impacts of drought, agricultural development, and sociopolitical change on subsistence and commercial corn farmers in Chiapas.

Laurel completed her M.A. at the Center for Latin American Studies, where she did her Master's thesis regarding emerging alternative food networks in Chiapas, Mexico. She joined CLIMAS in fall of 2010 as a research assistant on the NOAA-funded project, "Poverty and Climate Change in the Southwestern U.S." Laurel was one of several leaders who founded a UA graduate student network in food justice in 2014. finish on Laurel's page...



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