About Marianna Castiaux
Marianna is a Master’s candidate in the Conservation Leadership Program of the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at CSU. She is advised by Dr. Jennifer Solomon, Assistant Professor, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Marianna's fellowship is a team fellowship, awarded to the four members of her project team, which also includes Katie Crossman, Matt Jurjonas, and Lorena Mondragon. Their project will be working in the La Suiza Pilot Project Watershed of Chiapas, Mexico to develop a watershed-approach for the sustainable composting of coffee harvest waste to mitigate acute toxicity events, sedimentation of rivers, and water quality degradation. They will identify, develop, and exchange best management practices for harvest waste through stakeholder engagement. They are collaborating with INIFAP (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias’s - National Institute for Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock) and El Colegio de La Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) in Mexico.