Belizean and Tanzanian Scholars



Yasel Acosta QES Yasel Acosta was born in Orange Walk Town, Belize. Yasel is currently enrolled in the Masters of Sustainable Leisure Management program. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Galen University, Belize, in the field of Environmental Science. Yasel shares a passion for the Earth and believes that everyone should live with a general respect for the environment and all its inhabitants. She also enjoys traveling and meeting new people. Coming from a small coastal country where tourism is one of its biggest revenue, Yasel hopes to acquire a vast range of knowledge from the Sustainable Leisure Management program that she can take back home to help her little country develop sustainability and competently in this world of climate change.
Miriam Juarez QES Miriam Juarez was born in Punta Gorda Town, Belize. As a native in a coastal community, she enjoys swimming and collecting shells on the beach. She is passionate about both nature and science. At St. John’s Junior college in Belize City, Miriam obtained an associate’s degree in Natural Science and recently completed a bachelor’s degree in Biology Education from the University of Belize in Belmopan City. Over the past seven years, she taught at various high schools across Belize and was inspired to become an educational leader because she wants to empower herself and others to be independent thinkers that can productively contribute to society. Using her background of science and teaching, Miriam hopes to research ways in which stakeholders in education can collectively promote culture and environmental awareness in schools. Miriam is am also interested in science education especially for young women in Belize.
Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Williams is from Punta Gorda Town, Belize C.A. He holds Associate Degrees in Natural Resource Management and Business Science, and recently completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at the University of Belize. With experience working in Local Government, he has had the opportunity to work on numerous community-based projects. His research interest are in proper planning of the agriculture, fishing and tourism industries which will promote the sustainable socio-economic development of Belize’s Coastal Communities.
Eric Sanchez QES Eric Jahmal Sanchez has a Bachelors of Biology from the National University in Belize, where he also served as the President of the Student Council in 2014-2015. He is also currently a CARICOM Youth Ambassador in Belize, and involved in a Master Project plan that aims to design a community geared towards development and green living. He is now studying in the Masters of Community Planning program at VIU.
Shirley Humes QES Shirley Humes hails from coastal Punta Gorda, the southernmost town in Belize. At an early age she developed a love for nature that led her to pursue her first degree in Biology and Natural Resources Management. Since 2006, she has been working in the Physical Planning Section of the Lands and Surveys Department, Ministry of Natural Resources, and is currently a Physical Planner. Her work has sparked an interest in the impact of unplanned tourism developments on small, indigenous, coastal communities; her research in VIU’s Masters of Community Planning program will focus on this topic.
Alfred Cal QES Alfred Cal works in Belize’s Ministry of Natural Resources as a Senior Land Information Officer. He has several years of experience in the field of Geographic Information System (GIS) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. His research interest is to develop a “Building Footprints” and household geodatabase for Dangriga Town, a coastal community in Southern Belize. His research falls into the BRiCC theme of Coastal Communities Response to Climate Change.
Stacey Cayetano QES Stacey Cayetano worked as a GIS Technician in Belize’s Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Belize. During her studies at VIU, Ms. Cayetano plans to create a model for baseline erosion rates for Caye Caulker, Belize, based on present-day climate data, which will help predict the pattern of erosion and identify the location of high risk areas. It will also help build capacity to assess and implement mitigation measures towards erosion control and provide Caye Caulker with an assessment of social, economic and environmental cost of erosion.





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