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David Salisbury, assistant professor of geography, environmental studies and international studies at the University of Richmond, has received a Fulbright Scholar award to teach and conduct research this fall at the Universidad Nacional de Ucayali in Pucallpa, Peru.

Salisbury is studying the Amazon’s indigenous territories and natural resources while offering Peruvians introductory technical training in global positioning systems, geographic information science and remote sensing. He hopes the training, combined with local knowledge of the rainforest, will improve understanding of the Amazon’s natural resources and management techniques by Amazonian professors, students and indigenous people.

Salisbury is the 12th Richmond professor in the past decade to win a Fulbright Scholar award and the first since 1984 to work in South America. He says the knowledge of indigenous Amazon peoples is “too often disregarded, despite inherent potential for improved management.”

Salisbury previously worked with five indigenous groups in the region and published his research in both English and Spanish. He and three Richmond undergraduate students performed collaborative research at UNU in summer 2009.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State, administers the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. Each year, the program sends some 800 U.S. faculty and professionals to 140 countries to lecture, research or participate in seminars.