Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Graduate Student 2010 Summer Field Research Symposium

November 13th, 2010
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

100A Jones Hall
Greenleaf Conference Room
Tulane University
Uptown Campus

Graduate students who received summer research grants through the Stone Center will present their experiences. Admission is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by The Stone Center for Latin American Studies. For more information please contact Jonathan Kim at

Panel 1: 9:00 am – 10:15am

  • Kristen Evans: “Going into the REDD: Will Payments for Ecosystem Services Work for Communities?”
  • Michael Rodgers: “Comparison of Garifuna Identity Performance as Manifested in Discourse”
  • Nicole Katin: “Preliminary Survey of Land Use in Pedro de Toledo”
  • David Chatelain: “Investigation of Ritual Causeway at Choque Ispana, Peru”
  • Samantha Greenspun: “Evaluation of Implementability of Inter-American Dialogue’s Social Report Card in Chile”

Panel 2: 10:30 am – 11:45 am

  • Kurt Hofer: “Cultural Production of the Argentine Left, 1966-1973”
  • Maria Aguilar: “Indigenous Activism and National Political Projects in Bolivia Prior and During the Revolution of 1952”
  • Keri Libby: “Dignity in Development: The Case of Argentina’s Worker Controlled Factories”
  • Seth Magden: “Watch out for Falling Prices! Evaluating the Expansion of Wal-Mart de Mexico”

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: LUNCH BREAK

Panel 3: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

  • Rachel Horowitz: “Differential Lithic Material Use at Popla, Yucatan”
  • Erland Johnson: “Mapping and Exploring Newly Discovered and Unknown Archaeological Sites in the Vicinity of the Classic Maya Center at La Corona”
  • Carrie Parris: “El Achiotal Reconnaissance: Assessing the Feasibility of Dissertation Research at El Achiotal, Guatemala”
  • Haley Holt: “Investigations of Early Classic Ceramics from the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico”
  • Allen Rutherford: “Investigating Households at the Early Horizon Fortification of Cerro Colorado, Huaura Valley, Peru”

Panel 4: 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

  • Justin Yeager: “Examining the Intersection between Strong Natural and Sexual Selection Pressures Driving Phenotypic Divergence of a Polymorphic Species of Panamanian Poison Frog, Dendrobates (Oophaga) pumilio”
  • Deborah Visco: “Do Birds in Fragmented Tropical Forest Landscapes Experience Altered Nest Predation?”
  • Tessa Roorda: “Anthropogenic Impacts on Gene Flow in Plants: How Seed Dispersal Communities Respond to Fragmentation in Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Forest”
  • Claire Sheller: “Individual Identification of White-Faced Capuchins (Cebus capucinus) in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica”

Photo by Ecology & Evolutionary Biology graduate student Deborah Visco




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