Rodrigo Renteria-Valencia

Institute of the Environment Fellow
National Institute of Anthropology and History's Regional Center

After completing his bachelor’s degree in ethnology, Rodrigo F. Renteria Valencia worked in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, at the National Institute of Anthropology and History’s regional center. There he studied the ritual life and ethnic aspects of the Comca’ac (Seri) communities of Punta Chueca and Desemboque, the urban Yaqui communities of Hermosillo, and the Tohono O’odham elders that come from the U.S. reservation to Sonoran territory.Rodrigo is currently a PhD student in cultural and linguistic anthropology at the University of Arizona. His research now focuses on the effects that environmental conservation have on the social practices responsible for the production of environmental experts in Seri society. It asks how the implementation of market-oriented wildlife management programs produces new forms of expertise, ecological knowledge and territoriality within local groups; how these differ from previous forms; and how these metamorphoses and their contexts in turn impact the implementation of wildlife conservation management programs.

Accepted Scholar:



Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation

College of Engineering 

College of Science Galileo Circle

Graduate College

Arizona Institute for Resilience

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences