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.