Dr. Velásquez Runk leads the Environment and Sustainability Studies (ENV) Program). Velásquez Runk’s research examines the relationships between humans and the environment. She has three main focal areas: sustaining forests and nurturing human well being in mosaic landscapes; strengthening cultural and environmental rights and sovereignty; and incorporating multiple voices in holistic science and the humanities. Her scholarship takes a highly interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies, drawing from ecology, anthropology, Indigenous studies, public health, history, and geography.

Ph.D. Forestry and Environmental Studies, Anthropology, and Economic Botany, Yale University and the New York Botanical Garden; M.E.M. Resource Ecology with graduate certificate in Latin American Studies, Duke University; B.A. Biology with concentration in Latin American Studies, Grinnell College.