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Alicia Entem

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Alicia Entem (r) and Guillermina De Gracia (l) at a focus group session in El Giral, Panama. Photo credit Vic Adamowicz.



Long-Term Research
Science & Conservation

Alicia Entem is an economist and STRI Pre-doctoral Fellow with the Agua Salud project. She researches agricultural land use decision making and ecosystem service provision. Alicia is supervised by Jefferson Hall (STRI), Eli Fenichel (Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies) and Vic Adamowicz (University of Alberta).

Alicia is investigating the design and uptake of agricultural land use incentive programs in the Panama Canal Watershed. Of particular interest are programs that compensate landowners (payments, loans, and/or insurance) for increasing water regulation services via the planting and maintenance of trees/shrubs on their land. Her research is part of a socioeconomic-hydrologic project that evaluates the impact of agricultural land use and land use incentive programs on hydrological ecosystem service provision in the Panama Canal Watershed.

Alicia has an M.Sc. in Agricultural and Resource Economics and a B.Sc. in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta, Canada. 


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The Agua Salud Project at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama studies how degraded landscapes can be efficiently transformed into productive secondary forests, timber plantations, natural water utilities or eco-friendly livestock ranches. Agua Salud continues a 100-year old partnership between Smithsonian and Panama. This collaborative relationship began in 1910, with the Panama Biological Survey.