Alicia Barceinas Cruz

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate

Pronouns: she/her


Advisors: Elizabeth Hennessy and Michael M. Bell


PhD Candidate | Department of Geography & Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

2017 | MPP | Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago

2010 | BSc in Biology | School of Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)


Political ecology, multispecies studies, agrarian change, transnational conservation, human migration, action-oriented research, environmental justice, Latin America


Wood, C., Barceinas Cruz, A. & S. Kahl. (2023). Pairing a User-friendly Machine Learning Animal Sound Detector with Passive Acoustic Surveys for Occupancy Modeling of an Endangered Primate. American Journal of Primatology, 85, e23507 (Peer reviewed)

Barceinas Cruz, A. “Notes from the Field: Everyday Performances of the Guatemala-Mexico Border in the Selva Lacandona” LACIS Review 1, 2022

Izquierdo-Tort, S., Corbera, E., Barceinas Cruz, A., Naime, J., Vázquez-Cisneros, P., Carabias Lillo, J., Castro-Tovar, E., Ortiz Rosas, F., Rubio, N., Torres Knoop, L. & J. Dupras. (2021). Local Responses to Design Changes in Payments for Ecosystem Services in Chiapas, Mexico. Ecosystem Services, 50, 101305 (Peer reviewed)

Barceinas Cruz, A., De Almeida Rodrigues, A., Nunes Macedo, M., Moutinho, P., Vicente Silvério, D., Rattis, L., de Castro, I. & R. Guerra. (2016). Legal Recognition of Indigenous Territories Supports Climate Balance in the Brazilian Amazon. Amazon Environmental Research Institute. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32861.00484

Barceinas Cruz, A. (2015). Fortalecimiento de capacidades locales y educación ambiental como factores de cambio para la conservación de la selva en Marqués de Comillas, In J. Carabias, J. de la Maza & R. Cadena (Eds.), Conservación y Desarrollo Sustentable en la Selva Lacandona. 25 años de actividades y experiencias (pp. 487-514). Natura y Ecosistemas Mexicanos. México D.F.


A. Eugene Havens Award for Outstanding Students from Developing Nations | University of Wisconsin-Madison | 2023

Center for Culture, History, and the Environment Research Travel Award | University of Wisconsin-Madison | 2023

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Project Assistance Award for International Conservation, Latin America and Caribbean Regional Program | Chujum Lab | 2021 – 2023

Mexican Council of Science and Technology Fellowship for Graduate Studies | University of Chicago | 2015 – 2017