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School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences

School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences

Jonathan Dain

Senior Lecturer and Director, Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute

Jonathan Dain is a faculty member in both the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences and the Center for Latin American Studies. An applied anthropologist by training, his work focuses on helping individuals and groups with competing interests bridge their differences and collaborate more effectively. He specializes in conflict management, facilitation, and communication/leadership skills for those working with natural resource management (and managers) in the Unites States and abroad.

In addition to directing the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute (, he teaches graduate classes in the Center for Latin American Studies’ Tropical Conservation and Development program ( and Masters in Sustainable Development program ( Jon is a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator and Faculty Fellow of the Florida Climate Institute.

He began his natural resource career as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Extension Agent working with beekeepers in Paraguay. He spends a portion of most summers working with students and natural resource managers in Latin America.

Courses Taught

IdentifierCourse Name
LAS 6291  Communication and Leadership 
LAS 6291  Facilitation Skills 
LAS 6291  Conflict Management 
LAS 6940  Tropical Conservation & Development Practicum 
LAS 6291  Impacting Conservation and Development Policy 


McCarty Hall B, G129
PO Box 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-0240
(352) 294-7652

  • Education

    • MA, Applied Anthropology, University of Florida, 1991
    • BA, Anthropology/Spanish, University of Rhode Island, 1983