Tiffanie K. Rainville

Research Program Manager

Tiffanie Rainville, M.ES, B.Sc.H.Tiffanie Rainville -BIo PIC

Tiffanie Rainville is a passionate environmentalist, who undertakes “research for development” in order to help improve well-being, food security, and quality of life in the communities where she works.

Tiffanie started her career focused on the natural world- from monitoring leatherback sea turtles nesting on the Costa Rican coastline, to identifying birds and trees along Ecuador’s mainland rivers. During her Master of Environmental Studies, she slowly migrated over to working with humans, while looking at the impacts and perceptions of climate change in mangrove ecosystems and two surrounding fishing communities in Ecuador. While her love for the natural environment initially drew her to South America, her fascination with Latin American culture is what has kept her there.

For the last 4.5 years, she has been working on the Amazon Fish for Food project (www.pecesvida.org/en) in Bolivia, a project focused on small-scale fisheries in indigenous communities, family-based aquaculture, and food security in the Amazon region (funded by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund). Having done development work and research abroad for most of the last 9 years, she is excited to embark on this new opportunity back “home” (one of many), where she can be a part of the Truth and Reconciliation process.

Research Interests: Community-based participatory research,

Email: tiffanie.rainville@queensu.ca


  • Master in Environmental Studies (International Research), Dalhousie University 2010

Climate Change in Ecuador’s Coastal Communities and Mangrove Ecosystems: Local Knowledge, Perceptions and Priorities

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Biology Major, Health Minor, Queen’s University 2005 


  • Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grant (through IDRC) 2009
  • Robin Rigby Trust (through Saint Mary’s University-SMU) 2009
  • Canadian International Development Agency Citizen Science (through SMU) 2009


Book Chapters

Macnaughton, A.E., Rainville, T.K. et al. 2016. Gender Transformative Approaches with Socially and Environmentally Vulnerable Groups: Indigenous Fishers of the Bolivian Amazon. Transforming Gender and Food Security in the Global South (IDRC, Routledge 2016)

Journal Articles

Macnaughton A. E., Carvajal-Vallejos F.M., Argote A., Rainville T. K., et al. (2015). Paiche reigns! Species introduction and indigenous fisheries in the Bolivian Amazon. Maritime Studies. [online] http://www.pecesvida.org/publicaciones/paiche-reigns-species-introduction-and-indigenous-fisheries-in-the-bolivian-amazon

Rainville, T.K., Castellón, C., Hinojosa, V., Abastoflor, W. (Accepted with Revisions). Solutions Journal.

Rainville. T.K., Charles, A. (Accepted with revisions). National Policy and Local Knowledge: Climate Adaptation, Community Values, and Ecuador’s “Buen Vivir”. Ecology and Society.

Rainville, T.K., Charles, A., et al. (in prep). Nova Scotia Fishers survey- ‘Survivors’ of the collapse and how they adapted.

Martinez N., Ford J., Soto A., Pacheco P., Rainville T.K. et al. (in prep). Vulnerability Approach in 4 indigenous communities of the TCO TIM II Bolivia.


Eds. Rainville, T.K. et al. 2014. Zona Sur de la TCO TIM II Bolivia


Coca Méndez, C., et al. (2012) La cadena de valor del pescado en el norte amazónico de Bolivia. Contribución de especies nativas y de una especie introducida (el paiche – Arapaima gigas). PIEB. P. 152.

Manual de buenas prácticas de higiene y manipulación de pescado [online] http://www.pecesvida.org/publicaciones/manual-de-buenas-practicas-de-higiene-y-manipulacion-del-pescado