ISER Caribe is committed to working directly with local communities through a transdisciplinary approach by conducting participatory research and engagement. This is achieved by integrating efforts between government institutions, academia, civil society, and community organizations. Our team studies the interactions and dialectic relations between the environment and humans in order to develop alternate ways of managing anthropogenic and natural systems. Through our collaborative projects we build consensus that allow us to develop participatory actions, capacity building and horizontal knowledge transfer through local outreach activities and education.
ISER Caribe will position itself as a leading research, educational and outreach organization in Puerto Rico and in the Caribbean. We expect that our work will aid in the transition from centralized governmental management into community-lead stewardship of natural resources within social ecological systems. We promote healthy and sustainable livelihoods, by endorsing a model that is economically viable and oriented towards the preservation of the environment and the empowerment of the local people.
ISER Caribe Staff
Braulio A. Quintero
Doctoral candidate at State University of New York- College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Braulio is focused on ISER Caribe projects in the Playa de Ponce. In addition, he is planning to start a agroecological project in Lajas, PR. Braulio is passionate about tomatoes and energy issues in PR.
Stacey M. Williams, PhD
Marine biologist, expert in Caribbean benthic communities and coral reef ecology. She currently has a groundbreaking project culturing long-spined sea urchin (Diadema antillarum). Dr. Williams cultures the sea urchins at the UPR Marine Science Department facilities and transfers the urchin as adults to coral reef to control algal coverage.
Ryan A. Mann-Hamilton, PhD
Anthropologist, activist, farmer, and photographer. Ryan is person with endless energy and charisma. His doctoral work was focused on the history of Samana, Dominican Republic and how the livelihoods of its communities changed as the economic interest of the Dominican state shifted with time. He is post-doctoral researcher at Brown University and will join the team of academics at CUNY-LaGuardia in Spring 2018.