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Frederick payton, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, executive director

Frederick Payton leads programs that enhance biodiversity conservation and improve the economic performance and social responsibility of local, national and international food systems, with particular focus on improving livelihoods of small-scale farmers and artisanal fishers. Dr. Payton has worked at the Institute of Community and Area Development and the Office of International Agriculture at the University of Georgia and was a senior scientist and interim director of the International Potato Center’s Central American and Caribbean regional office. Dr. Payton has served on the board of directors of Organic Farming Research Foundation, Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture and Georgia Organics. He holds a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Cornell University.

Leoncio Pimentel

Vice President

Leoncio Pimentel is a founding member and the vice president of AgroFrontera.  Leoncio, comes from a long line of rice farmers in Montecristi Province and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to sustainable development and natural resource management. He directs AgroFrontera’s education and outreach programs in the coastal communities in Montecristi. Leoncio holds a B.S. in agronomy and is an officer of several agriculture professional organizations in the Dominican Republic.


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Tyler Pavlowich, PH.D

Consultant, fisheries ecology

Tyler is a fisheries ecologist who first became involved with AgroFrontera's project in 2012 while he was conducting PhD research. His research focuses on the way coastal communities and coral reef ecosystems interact through fishing in order to inform decision making around marine resource use. He has studied the way spearfishers select individual fish while fishing, how we can predict the ecological and economic impacts of fishery management options, and the social context and governance arrangements around fishing. Tyler highly values the personal relationships he has with the communities he works in.


Michael Cox, Ph.D

Socio-Ecological Systems Research

Michael Cox is an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, he studied under Elinor Ostrom at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, where he is an Affiliated faculty. He is also a member of the Resilience Alliance.


Molly Wilson

Ph.D. Student, Marine Ecology & Management

Molly is a Ph.D. student at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is interested in the social and ecological trade-offs of fisheries management in the Montecristi National Park.

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