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Meet the LA Urban Center’s Resident Social Scientist:
Dr. Francisco Escobedo

Francisco has a PhD in Forest and Natural Resources Policy from State University of New York-ESF, an MS in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona, a BS from New Mexico State University, including an exchange semester at Humboldt State University.  He began his career with the US Forest Service and he is excited to return to his roots as US Forest Service Social Scientist.

In 2003 he spent time on the San Jacinto Ranger District in the San Bernardino National Forest as well.  Most recently he was a Professor of Socio-ecological Systems at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia (2016-2020) and an Associate Professor of Urban and Community Forestry at the University of Florida (2006-2015).

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