Skip to Main Content
Idaho State University home
Antonio Castro

Antonio J. Castro, Ph.D.

Affiliate Faculty
Social Ecological Science

Research Gate


Social-Ecological Research Lab

Our mission is to (1) develop an understanding of human-nature interactions for territorial management and planning, and the importance of assessing the multidimensional nature of ecosystem services as an approach to work toward sustainability; (2) to open spaces for interdisciplinary discussions and collaborative learning in order to develop in students a reflexive thinking, and (3) mentor and train future scientists and resource managers and planning


The PECS-WaterSES compares the social-ecological dynamics causing and caused by water scarcity and governance across international research sites in Spain, China, South Africa and the US (Oklahoma, Texas, and Idaho)


2010, Ph.D. Ecology, University of Almería, Almería, Spain
2006, M.S. Socio-Ecology of Arid Environments, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
2004, B.A. Biology, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

2012-2015, Postdoctoral fellow, Social-Ecological Systems and Ecosystem Services, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
2010-2011, Postdoctoral fellow, Social-Ecological Systems, Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia

In November 2012, in collaboration with Dr. Caryn Vaughn at the Oklahoma Biological Survey (US), I began a project implementing an ecosystem services framework to explore the value of ecosystem services provided by the Kiamichi River watershed in southeastern Oklahoma.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Castro is a conservation scientist and Assistant Professor of Social-Ecological Systems and Ecosystem Services. Dr. Castro obtained a PhD at University of Almeria (Spain, 2009). Previously he was a postdoc at the Charles Sturt University (Australia, 2010-2011), the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands, 2011-2012), and the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Biological Survey (2012-2015). Dr. Castro leads the Social-Ecological Research Lab and coordinates the international WaterSES program ( within the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS).