My name is Jen Shaffer.  I am an ecological and environmental anthropologist currently working as a assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland College Park.

My dissertation research in Southern Mozambique looked at human-environment interactions in a forest-savanna mosaic.  As I make plans to return to Matutuine District, I continue to analyze data I collected during my dissertation research on how Ronga culture and livelihood activities shape the savanna landscape, and vice versa, over time.  I plan to continue my research in Mozambique – adding elements of community-landscape history, planning for and responding to climate change, local environmental knowledge, and environment-health connections.

I just finished a postdoctoral scholar research position focused on anticipatory learning and resilience in the face of climate change.  Our interdisciplinary and international ALCCAR team works in rural Ghana and Tanzania. I managed the connections between Tanzania and Penn State.  I also headed up a participatory community-based environmental monitoring project in four rural Tanzanian villages.


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