Clark University, CINCIA
I am presently finishing my masters degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. I am a research affiliate with the Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA) and am able to continue working on this project due to their support. I study biodiversity, conservation, and changes in land use and global change using a combination of field work and remote sensing, with a particular emphasis on producing work that has real-world applications.
I believe all conservation scientists and any scientist who works in the field need to be aware of the local context and the needs of differing stakeholders. When trying to protect and landscape or region, it is only through working with those who live there, respecting indigenous rights, understanding and addressing divergent viewpoints, and maintaining a realistic attitude about what changes could be made that we will have a significant and lasting impact.
I have worked in Costa Rica, Bolivia, Madagascar, and Peru. Prior to this degree, I studied primate ecology and received my MA in Anthropology from University of Victoria and my BS in Biological Anthropology from the George Washington University.