Angélica M. Almeyda Zambrano, Ph.D.

Angelica pic cropped_smallerAssistant 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)
  • Curriculum Vitae
Office: FLG 240A
Address: P.O. Box 118208, Gainesville, FL 32611-8208
Contact: office: (352) 392-3992  cell: (650) 204-1052


Angélica M Almeyda Zambrano, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management at the University of Florida 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.

Angélica’s 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 compare different political and economic regimes. Her work employs both quantitative and qualitative methods, linking remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) data and geospatial analysis, with policy analysis, and in-depth socioeconomic household surveys. Angélica’s work has been published in top academic journals including, Nature, Science, and more recently 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. She received her MA in Latin American Studies with concentration on Tropical Conservation & Development (TCD) Program at the University of Florida in 2004. And received her BS in Forest Sciences from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru in 1999.

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