XOCO SHINBROT, PHD.
I am an ecologist and conservation social scientist using impact assessment, science coordination and science communication approaches to make strides on topics of: climate adaptation; conservation economics; and diversity, equity and inclusion.
I am the daughter of a Mexican historian and mathematician, so fittingly my name is an order-based name of Aztec origin meaning youngest daughter -
Xoco, pronounced Sho'ko.
Take a look some of my interests and activities. For information, my CV is below.
If you are interested in collaborating, please don't hesitate to email me.
My role has included impact evaluation in various spaces, by:
Analyzing the impact of NSF's Navigating the New Arctic on research portfolio diversity
Assessing the impact of forest carbon offset programs on natural and financial outcomes
KEY PUBLICATION: Shinbrot, X. A., et al. (2022). Natural and financial impacts of payments for forest carbon offset: A 14 year-long case study in an indigenous community in Panama. Land Use Policy, 115, 106047.
SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION
My role includes science communication and collaboration by:
Co-writing an interagency report to Congress on Arctic observing networks
Hosting workshops, listening sessions, and writing groups to write an implementation plan for Arctic research
Training students and staff using active learning techniques
KEY PUBLICATION Shinbrot, X.A. et al. (2020). Quiahua, the first citizen science rainfall monitoring network in Mexico: Filling critical gaps in rainfall data for hydrologic applications and understanding of volunteer motivations. Citizen Science Theory and Practice
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN CONSERVATION
My role includes improving diversity, equity and inclusion by:
Contributing to updating the Arctic Principles of Conducting Ethical Research in the Arctic
Becoming a founding member of the Graduate Women In Science - Northern Colorado Chapter
KEY PUBLICATION: Shinbrot, X.A., Wilkins, K., Gretzel, U., & Bowser, G. (2019). Unlocking women’s sustainability leadership potential: Perceptions of contributions and challenges for women in sustainable development. World Development, 119, 120-132.
I’m originally from Southern California, but am at home wherever I can be in the mountains. I received my Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Environment and Sustainability at McGill University, my Masters of Science in Environmental Science and Policy at Johns Hopkins, and my PhD. in Ecology at Colorado State University. Following my doctoral degree I taught for two years at Cornell University on climate change and water sustainability as part of the Active Learning Initiative.
I currently work as an Arctic Research and Science Fellow at NSF, as part of the 2021-2022 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. In my professional and personal life I continue to work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
When I'm not at my desk, you can find me climbing cliffs, curled up reading a book, cooking plant-based meals, and cuddling my furballs.
Xoco Shinbrot, PhD.
PhD. in Ecology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources 2019
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
M.S. Environmental Science and Policy, 2011 Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
B.A. Environment and International Development, with distinction 2009
McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow Sept 2021-Sept 2022
Arctic Science Research and Policy Fellow
Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation
Peer Reviewed Publications
Shinbrot, X. A., Holmes, I., Gauthier, M.,* Tschakert, P., Wilkins, Z.,* Baragón, L.,Opua, B. & Potvin, C. (2022). Natural and financial impacts of payments for forest carbon offset: A 14 year-long case study in an indigenous community in Panama. Land Use Policy, 115, 106047.
Shinbrot, X. A., Jones, K. W., Solomon, J., & Escobedo, M. R. (2022). Examining the influence of citizen science participation on individual volunteers in the global South: A case study of hydrologic monitors in Veracruz, Mexico. The Journal of Environmental Education, 53(1), 6-21.
Shinbrot, X. A., Jones, K. W., Newman, G., & Ramos-Escobedo, M. (2021). Why citizen scientists volunteer: the influence of motivations, barriers, and perceived project relevancy on volunteer participation and retention from a novel experiment. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1-21.
Sterling, E.J., Sigouin, A., Betley,A., Cheek, J.Z., Solomon, J., Jones, M., Landrigan, K., Porzecanski, A.L., Bynum, N., Cadena, B., Clements, K.R., Cheng, S.H., Finchum, R., Geresy, M., Gómez, A., Groom, M., Loffeld, T.A., Miller, D.C., Rakotobe, D., Rao, M., Roberts, R., Shinbrot, X.A., Willigan, E., and Jones, M. (2021) The State of Capacity Development Evaluation in Conservation and Natural Resource Management. Oryx, 1-12.
Wilkins, K., Pejchar, L., Carroll, S., Jones, M., Walker, S., Shinbrot, X.A., Huayhuaca, C. Fernandez-Gimenez, M., and Reid, R. (2021). Collaborative conservation groups in the United States: a systematic review of their motivations, goals, and achievements. Biological Conservation, 259, 109165.
Steger, C., Hirsch, S., Cosgrove, C., Reid, R. Agrawal, A., Inman, S. Thorn, J.P.R., Tucker, C., Weibel, B., Nost, E., Shinbrot, X.A., Müller, B., Klein, J., Grêt-Regamey, A., Nolin, A. & Brown, D.G. (2021) Linking Model Design and Application for Transdisciplinary Approaches in Social-Ecological Systems. Global Environmental Change, 66, 102201.
Shinbrot, X.A., Muñoz-Villers, L.E., Mayer, A., López-Portillo, M., Jones, K.W., López-Ramírez, S., Alcocer-Lezama, C., Ramos-Escobedo, M., Manson, R.H. (2020). Quiahua, the first citizen science rainfall monitoring network in Mexico: Filling critical gaps in rainfall data for hydrologic applications and understanding of volunteer motivations. Citizen Science Theory and Practice.
Jones, K. & Powlen, K., Roberts, R.M., and Shinbrot, X.A. (2020). Participation in payment for ecosystem services programs in the Global South: A systematic review. Ecosystem Services.
Shinbrot, X.A., Jones, K. W., Rivera-Castañeda, A., López-Báez, W., & Ojima, D. S. (2019). Smallholder Farmer Adoption of Climate-Related Adaptation Strategies: The Importance of Vulnerability Context, Livelihood Assets, and Climate Perceptions. Environmental Management, 63(5), 583-595.
Shinbrot, X.A., Wilkins, K., Gretzel, U., & Bowser, G. (2019). Unlocking women’s sustainability leadership potential: Perceptions of contributions and challenges for women in sustainable development. World Development, 119, 120-132.
Roberts, R.M., Jones, K.W., Duke, E., Shinbrot, X.A., Harper, E.E., Fons, E., Cheng, T.S. & Wolk, B. H. (2019). Stakeholder perceptions and scientific evidence linking wildfire mitigation treatments to societal outcomes. Journal of Environmental Management, 248, 109286.
Jones, K., Muños-Brenes, C.L., Shinbrot X.A., Lopez-Baez, W., and Rivera-Castañeda, A. (2018). The role of cash versus technical assistance in the effectiveness and equity of payments for watershed services programs in Mexico. Ecosystem Services. 31, 208-218.
Shinbrot, X.A., Jones, K.W., Newman, G., and Ramos-Escobedo, M. Why citizen scientists volunteer: Motivations for and barriers to participation In review at Journal of Science and Communication.
Steger, C., Hirsch, S., Cosgrove, C., Reid, R. Agrawal, A., Inman, S. Thorn, J.P.R., Tucker, C., Weibel, B., Nost, E., Shinbrot, X.A., Müller, B., Klein, J., Grêt-Regamey, A., Nolin, A. & Brown, D.G. Linking Model Design and Application for Transdisciplinary Approaches in Social-Ecological Systems. Accepted to Global Environmental Change.
Shinbrot, X.A., Jones, K.W., Solomon, J., and Ramos-Escobedo, M. Improving knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors in citizen science: Evidence from a Novel Experimental Training in Citizen Science. In review at Journal of Environmental Education.
Shinbrot, X.A., Holmes, I., Gauthier, M., Wilkins, Z., and Potvin, C. Livelihood impacts of payment for forest carbon services: a longitudinal case study of a REDD+ program in Panama. In review at Land Use Policy.
Shinbrot, X.A. & Steger, C., Agrawal, A., Brown, D., Cosgrove, C., Gret-Regemy A., Hirsch, S., Inman, S., Klein, J., Muller, B., and Nost, E.. Representing Complexity in Mountain Social-Ecological Models: Implication for Design and Decision Support. Manuscript in preparation for the journal of Environmental Modeling and Software.
Sterling, E.J., Sigouin, A., Betley,A., Cheek, J.Z., Solomon, J., Jones, M., Landrigan, K., Porzecanski, A.L., Cadena, B., Clements, K., Geresy, M., Miller, D., Roberts, R., Shinbrot, X., Willigan, E., and Finchum,R. Characterizing the capacity development evaluation. Accepted at Oryx.
Geraghty Ward, E., O'Connell, K., Race, A., Alwin, A., Alwin, Ajisha, Cortijo-Robles, K., Esparza, D., Jolley, A.; McDevitt, A.; Patel, M.; Prevost, L.; Shaulskiy, S., Shinbrot, X., Treibergs, K.; Alvaro, M. Sea, W. Affective Learning Outcomes in the Field: A Review of the 2021 Undergraduate Field Experiences Research Network Meeting. Accepted at Bulletin of Ecological Society of America.
Pischke, E.C., Berry, Z.C., Kolka, R.K., J.Salcone, D. Cordoba, Shinbrot, X., Lopez-Ramirez, S.M., Jones, K.W., Congalton, R.G., Manson, R.H. Thaden-Ugalde, J.J., Selfa, T., Avila, S., Asbjornsen, H. 2018. Lessons Learned About Collaborating Across Coupled Human-Natural Systems Research on Mexico’s Payments for Hydrological Services Program. In Collaboration Across Boundaries for Interdisciplinary Environmental Systems Science: Experiences Around the World. Edited by Stephen Perz. Palgrave Macmillan.
Non-Peer Reviewed Publications and Reports
Shinbrot, X. (2017, February 27). Can you (and should you) explain your research in ten hundred words? EcoPress Natural Resource Ecology Lab CSU.
Felton, A.J, and Shinbrot, X. (2016, October 20). How to design and teach your first course as a graduate student. EcoPress Natural Resource Ecology Lab CSU.
Shinbrot X. (2016, February 1). What does the climate change agreement from Paris actually mean? EcoPress, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, CSU.
Shinbrot X. (2015, September 14). Research in progress: Climate change, livestock and wetlands in the Highland Andes. EcoPress, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, CSU.
PRESENTATIONS & POSTERS
Shinbrot, X., Treibergs, K., Esparza, D., Ghezi-Kopel, K., Goebel, M., Graham, O., Heim, A., Smith, J., Smith, M., (Poster). 5 August 2021. Undergraduate field experiences in the natural sciences: Mapping future research opportunities. Ecological Society of America. (Virtual).
Thondhlana, G., Stewart, W., Sene Harper, A.S.L., Fishler, H., Shinbrot, X., Watanabe, T. (Roundtable). 22 June 2021. Conversation on diversity with the IASNR DEI Committee. International Association for Society and Natural Research. (Virtual).
Shinbrot, X., Treibergs, K., Esparza, D., Ghezi-Kopel, K., Goebel, M., Graham, O., Heim, A., Smith, J., Smith, M., (Short Talk). How do field experiences in the natural sciences affect undergraduate outcomes: Results from a scoping review. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education.
Shinbrot, X., Treibergs, K., Esparza, D., Ghezi-Kopel, K., Goebel, M., Graham, O., Heim, A., Smith, J., Smith, M., (Presentation). 5 Mar. 2021. What are the affective outcomes of US-based field courses in the natural sciences? Results from a scoping review. Undergraduate Field Experiences Network Meeting. (Virtual)
Shinbrot, X., and Treibergs, K., (Workshop) 5 Nov 2020. Workshopping solutions to common teamwork conflicts in the classroom. Biogeochemistry, Environment, Science and Sustainability Seminar Series (Virtual).
Shinbrot, X., Treibergs, K., McIntyre, P., and Krasny, M. (Poster). 14-17 October 2020. Infusing active learning into Ecosystem and Sustainability courses. North American Association for Environmental Education, Tuscon, Arizona (Virtual).
Krasny, M., Li, Y., Kudryavtsev, A., Yan, M., Santiago, M.S., and Shinbrot, X. (Presentation). 14-17 October 2020. Online learning: leveraging technology to build connections and spur action. North American Association for Environmental Education, Tuscon, Arizona (Virtual).
Shinbrot, X., Treibergs, K., McIntyre, P., and Krasny, M. (Poster). 27-31 July 2020. Infusing active learning into Ecosystem and Sustainability courses. North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Denver, Colorado (Virtual).
Shinbrot, X., Muñoz-Villers, L.E., Jones, K.W., Manson, R.H., Mayer, A.S., López-Ramírez, S., López-Portillo, M. and Ramos-Escobedo, M. (Presentation). 31 October 2019. Evaluando la potencial del monitoreo comunitario como mecanismo para fortalecer los programas de pago por servicios hidrológicos en México. V Congreso Nacional Manejo de Cuencas Hidrográficas, Xalapa, Mexico.
Sterling, E., Betley, E., Clements, K., Ek, A., Finchum, R., Hicks, E., Jones, M., Roberts, R., Shinbrot, X., Siguin, A., Solomon, J., Willigan, E. (Presentation). 30 July 2019. The ability to evaluate our capacity development opportunities. Capacity Building for Conservation Conference, London, UK.
Shinbrot, X. (Poster). 10 December 2018. Examining Citizen Science in Watershed Hydrology Research: Relationships Between Volunteer Motivations and Data Quantity and Quality. American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C.
Shinbrot, X. (Poster). 13 November 2018. Unexpected long-term impacts of REDD+ on participant and non-participants. Colorado State University Graduate Student Showcase, Fort Collins, CO.
Shinbrot, X. (Presentation) 5-10 August 2018. Public Participation in Research: Are people who volunteer to research water different from the general public? Ecological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.
Shinbrot, X. (Presentation). 19 June 2018. Designing public participation in research (PPR) to improve knowledge, conservation perceptions, and stewardship behaviors. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management. Salt Lake City, UT.
Shinbrot, X. (Poster). 15 April 2018. Understanding climate adaptation strategies used by smallholder coffee farmers in Mexico. American Association of Geographers. New Orleans, LA.
Shinbrot, X. (Presentation). 13-16 November 2017. Public participation in science: how program design can influence motivations and social outcomes. Symposium on: Socio-ecological Dynamics in Payment for Hydrological Services Schemes in Contrasting Socio-Cultural Contexts in Mexico. V Congreso Internacional de Servicios Ecosistemicos en los Neotropicos. Oaxaca City, Mexico.
Shinbrot, X. (Presentation). 9 November 2017. Poster on: Conservation Program Impacts on Adaptive Strategies for Mexican Coffee Farmers. Colorado State University Graduate Student Showcase. Fort Collins, CO.
Shinbrot, X. Jones, K. Rivera, A., and Lopez-Baez, W. (Presentation). 3-7 April 2017. Analyzing the Impact of Water Management Programs on Adaptive Strategies for Coffee Farmers in Mexico. Panel on: Climate Change and Water Security in Developing Countries. American Association of Geographers, Boston, MA.
Shinbrot X. (Presentation). 4-6 April 2016. Motivations and Barriers for Participation in Citizen Science. Oral Presentation at the Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies, Santa Fe, NM.
Shinbrot, X, and Raynaud, J. (Presentation). April 2009. Ventanas de Oportunidades Socio-Económicos. Oral Presentation at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama.
Co-Principal Investigator Aug 2016 – Aug 2019
Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Plan, collaborate, and evaluate longitudinal effects of a citizen science water and rainfall monitoring project on behavior, knowledge, perceptions of conservation programs, and motivations to participation.
Designed and conducted a mixed-methods of survey and interviews with 36 participants in this citizen science project.
Trained three research assistants to conduct surveys, inform of ethical requirements, and ensure QA/QC of their products.
Analyzed data from survey using the statistical software SAS.
Transcribed and analyzed interviews using NVivo software.
Co-Principal Investigator Aug 2017 – May 2018 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama
Planned, collaborated and implemented an investigation into a reforestation program, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), to understand long term (>10 year) environmental, social and economic impacts in a small village in Panama.
Trained two undergraduate students and two research assistants to conduct the survey, to understand the purpose, and to train others if necessary.
Statistically analyzed and published changes that have occurred since 2004.
Graduate Research Assistant Aug 2015 – Aug 2017
Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Planned, designed and implemented an investigation on how coffee farmers adapt to climate change, their climate perceptions, and the efficacy of public policy.
Created partnerships on-the-ground with collaborators for study development.
Trained and coordinated nine research assistants.
Conducted surveys with 300 households, analyzed data from household survey using SAS.
Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Project Experience
Program Associate Sept 2012 – June 2014
Created, designed, communicated educational materials such as flyers, pamphlets, blog posts, on technical information such as colony collapse of bees, pesticides, and integrated pest management distributed to over 5,000 members.
Wrote daily news stories, weekly press releases, as well as reports and testimony for local, state, and federal regulations.
Synthesized 1000+ public comments for the National Organic Standards Board within a week.
Agricultural Supply Chain Analyst Sept 2011 – Sept 2012
World Wildlife Fund
Created the first company comparison database that enables WWF to objectively monitor and evaluate the performances of the companies that partner with WWF.
Collaborated with Procter & Gamble and McDonald’s to review each company’s sustainable sourcing goals and assess their progress towards achieving them.
Evaluated certification schemes and sustainability standards for beef, coffee, pulp and paper and palm oil.
Analyzed risk assessment reports on agricultural commodities sourced from specific regions, focusing on environmental, social, and economic risks
Generated geographic maps of commodity yields, biodiversity, & ecoregions to deduce impacts using ArcGIS mapping software.
Science Policy Communication Experience
SoGES Sustainability Leadership Fellow May 2016 – May 2017
School of Global Environmental Sustainability
Participated in state-of-the-art training on science communication.
Communications Specialist Mar 2016 – May 2017
North Central Climate Science Center
Created and maintained relationships with the public using social media.
Strategized on communication methods (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, targeted email etc.) for different audiences.
Editor in Chief of EcoPress Aug 2015 – Aug 2017
Natural Resource Ecology Lab, Colorado State University
Researched, wrote, and edited articles for the departmental blog.
Interviewed professors, students, and researchers for publications or podcasts.
Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources
Global Water Sustainability (NTRES 1201) Spring 2020, 2021
Co-developed and co-instructed an introductory course on global water issues using novel active learning strategies including debates, jigsaws, and role-playing.
Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources
Climate Solutions (NTRES 3800) Fall 2019, 2020
Co-developed and co-instructed a hybrid online and in person, project-based class designed to have students evaluate climate solutions, explore climate policies, and engage with climate leaders around the world in taking a climate action
Colorado State University, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Practicing Sustainability (ESS440) Spring 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Co-instructor for the 3 credit capstone course for undergraduates. I built relationships and projects with organizations that were interested in providing internships for 20 students these included the Audubon Society and the City of Fort Collins. I guided students in developing their capstone project and providing deliverables to host organizations. I developed homework assignments, readings, and graded. I budgeted and organized field trips, and logistics including vans, gas, and speakers.
SUCCESSFUL GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS
$ 225 Graduate Degree Program in Ecology Travel Grant. To present at Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.
$ 195 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management Student Award. 2018. “Designing public participation in research (PPR) to improve knowledge, conservation perceptions, and stewardship behaviors” Presenting at ISSRM, Snow Bird, UT
$ 900 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Travel Grant. 2018. “Understanding climate adaptation strategies used by smallholder coffee farmers in Mexico.” Presented at American Association of Geographers, New Orleans, LA.
$ 5,000 Natural Resources Canada & McGill University Research Grant. 2018. “Bringing REDD+ Full Circle from Climate Mitigation Strategies to Social and Economic Adaptive Outcomes: A Case Study in Panama.”
$ 47,170 National Science Foundation– 2016-2017.“Collaborative Research: The Role of Citizen Science in Watershed Hydrology Research: Relationships between Volunteer Motivations, Data Quantity and Quality, and Decision-Making.
$ 500 Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) Small Grants Award. 2016. “Participation in and Social Outcomes of Community Based Water Monitoring in Mexico”.
$1,475,000 National Science Foundation. 2012-2015. “Global Women Scholars Network”
RESEARCH QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Languages: Native English speaker, fluent spoken and written Spanish, basic French
Analytical Skills: Statistical software: SAS, R, and SPSS
Qualitative data analysis: NVivo, Gephi, MaxQC
Other: Microsoft Office applications, including PowerPoint, Access, Word, and Excel
Post-Doctoral Leadership Training. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Sept 2019 - May 2020
Structural Equation Modeling workshop. February 22, 2018. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
Spatial Agent-Based modeling. May 5-10, 2018. Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Annapolis Maryland.
Social network analysis, March 30, 2018. Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Fort Collins, CO.
Peer Review: Ecology & Society | Journal of Environmental Management | Land | Land Ecology | Climatic Change | Climate and Development | International Journal of Disaster Risk Science
2020 IASNR | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
2019-2020 Cornell Discipline-based Education Research Lab | Racial Justice Book Club member
2019-2020 Cornell Discipline-based Education Research Lab| Communications
2014-2017 Graduate Women in Science Chapter | National Liaison
2016-2017 Graduate Degree Program in Ecology | Graduate Student Representative
2016 Graduate Degree Program in Ecology | Graduate Student Mentor
Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) | International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR)| Citizen Science Association (CSA)
Canadian & US Citizen