Angélica Almeyda Zambrano, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Stanford University (2012)
  • M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of Florida (2004)
  • B.S. in Forest Sciences, Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (1999)

Almeyda Zambrano CV

Contact Info

FLG 240A
P.O. Box 118208
Gainesville, FL 32611-8208
(352) 392-3992 | 


Angélica M. Almeyda Zambrano, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management department where she co-leads the Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab and is an affiliated researcher with the Osa & Golfito Initiative at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Her research centers on human environment interactions, focusing on social and ecological feedback loops with consideration to sustainability in the present and into the future. In particular, she looks at land use and land cover change dynamics in the tropics and its relation to economic activities. Angélica is currently most interested in expanding her research on the sustainability of ecotourism and its role as a development and conservation strategy in the tropics.

Angélica’s research questions and approaches typically cross-spatial and temporal domains and compares different political and economic regimes. Her work employs both quantitative and qualitative methods, linking remote sensing and geographic information system data and geospatial analysis with policy analysis and in-depth socioeconomic household surveys. Her work has been published in top academic journals including Nature, Science and Science Advances.

Angélica received her doctorate from the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University in 2012. During this time she was a graduate student researcher affiliated with the Asner Lab located in the Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Her dissertation compared infrastructure development and land use tenure of smallholder farmers in the tri-national frontier of Peru, Brazil and Bolivia in Southwest Amazonia, and was conducted as a partner of the Poverty and Environment Network (PEN) at the Center for International Forestry Research. Angélica was also Doctoral Fellow at the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University from 2011-2012.

Research Interests

  • Ecotourism as a development and conservation strategy in the tropics
  • Tropical Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable tourism and land use dynamics
  • Ecotourism and natural protected areas
  • Sustainability science


  • LEI 4880 Research Methods in Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management
  • HFT 3843 Entrepreneurship in Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management