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Kyla Zaret
Kyla Zaret

Kyla is a PhD student in the Global Environmental Change lab (Department of Geography) where she brings twelve years of experience as a field biologist, an MSc in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana (focus in International Conservation and Development), and a decade of travel/research/exploration in the Southern Cone. Her research interests are a culmination of the above experiences, which have exposed her to the myriad ecological/social/political/economic aspects of natural resource use and management that shape social-ecological systems. Kyla is particularly concerned by changing disturbance regimes in southwestern Patagonia and the implications for local people and the ecosystems on which they base their livelihoods. For her dissertation, she is investigating the effects of fire and climate on ecosystem persistence in the forest-peatland ecotone using dendro- and paleoecological methods, as well as surveys of present-day vegetation composition/structure at control and burned sites. In addition, Kyla will be examining socio-political barriers to knowledge/information flow among resource users and managers.