Equipe

A equipe do SERVIR-Amazônia tem como objetivo prevenir e mitigar o impacto das mudanças climáticas, provenientes de grandes projetos de infraestrutura e atividades de desenvolvimento realizadas na região amazônica.

Carlos Gasco

Diretor de Projetos (CIAT)

Carlos é um Diretor de Projetos da SERVIR-Amazonia. Ele é um profissional experiente no desenvolvimento internacional que trabalhou nos principais programas internacionais, primariamente financiados pela USAID, fornecendo gestão geral de programas, serviços supervisórios financeiros e administrativos, ativamente envolvendo partes interessadas de projetos e assegurando a conformidade geral dos requisitos técnicos, financeiros e administrativos de clientes.

Brian Zutta

Líder de Ciência e Dados (SIG)

Brian Zutta, Ph.D., é um cientista multidisciplinar com experiência em ecologia, ecofisiologia de plantas e sensoriamento remoto. Seu trabalho mais recente concentra-se na modelagem geoespacial preditiva, no desmatamento e no monitoramento da degradação florestal, além de preencher a lacuna entre ciência e política na América Latina. Por vários anos, atuou como coordenador do MRV e do sistema nacional de monitoramento florestal do REDD + do Ministério do Meio Ambiente do Peru.

José Leandro Fernandes

Líder de Envolvimento do Usuário (CIAT)

José Leandro Fernandes é o Líder de Envolvimento do Usuário da SERVIR-Amazonia. Ele é um profissional experiente de desenvolvimento internacional que trabalhou nos principais programas internacionais, financiados pela USAID, IDB/BID e ONU, coordenando projetos e fornecendo serviços nas áreas de desenvolvimento econômico,
sustentabilidade econômica e gestão ambiental.

Simone Staiger-Rivas

Coordenador, Comunicações e MEL (CIAT)

Simone é a coordenadora de comunicações e Monitoramento, Avaliação e Aprendizado (MEL) da Servir-Amazonia. Desde o começo dos anos 2000, ela concentra seu trabalho na gestão de conhecimento na pesquisa agrícola para o desenvolvimento, particularmente comunicação interna e externa, monitoramento-avaliação-aprendizado, gestão de dados informações, e construção de capacidade.

Louis Verchot

Cientista Sênior (CIAT)

Louis é um silvicultor com mais de 30 anos de experiência nos trópicos. Ele lidera o programa da CIAT de restauração de terras degradadas com interesses de pesquisa nas questões relacionadas à alteração do uso do solo, desmatamento e contribuições agroflorestais à mudança climática, monitorando emissões de gases de efeito estufa e
restauração de processos do ecossistema.

Steve Prager

Cientista Sênior (CIAT)

Steve tem experiência na indústria, governo e academia. Ele foi professor de geografia em Ciências da Informação Geográfica por dez anos antes de chegar à CIAT. Seus esforços atuais se concentram na modelagem que se integra entre domínios sociais, econômicos e biofísicos. Steve é um dos líderes de uma equipe de modelagem de mais de 20 estatísticos, cientistas do clima, geógrafos, economistas, cientistas da computação e mais.

David Saah

Professor (Universidade de São Francisco) e Cientista Sênior (SIG)

David foi treinado como um cientista ambiental com conhecimento em ecologia de paisagens, ecologia do ecossistema, hidrologia, geomorfologia, modelagem de ecossistemas, modelagem de riscos naturais, detecção remota, sistemas de informações geográficas (GIS) e análise geoespacial. Ele tem usado essas habilidades para conduzir pesquisa primariamente no nível da paisagem em uma variedade de sistemas.

Marina Piatto

Gerente de projetos (IMAFLORA)

Desde 2005, Marina tem trabalhado na Imaflora, uma ONG brasileira, em projetos de agricultura, pecuária e clima. Seu trabalho envolve iniciativas conectadas às melhores práticas agrícolas, conservação ambiental e direitos humanos. Ela também está envolvida em projetos relacionados à agricultura de baixo carbono, cadeias de suprimento sustentáveis e REDD+ na floresta tropical da Amazônia e do Cerrado.

Sidney Novoa

Gerente de projetos (ACCA)

Sidney é diretor da Amazon Conservation (ACCA) para GIS e Tecnologia Aplicada para a Conservação com mais de 10 anos de experiência como pesquisador e gerente de gestão de recursos, monitoramento biológico e monitoramento de ameaças das florestas da Amazônia. Ele publicou 80 artigos relacionados aos condutores de desmatamento, incêndios de florestas, cheias e perdas de florestas naturais.
Atualmente, ele se concentra no uso e aplicação de soluções tecnológicas para o monitoramento do status de conservação de ecossistemas naturais.

Katia Fernandes

Cientista climática (IRI)

Kátia é uma cientista climática com conhecimento em climas tropicais, incluindo os impactos da variabilidade climática em grande escala e mudanças em secas e incêndios na Amazônia e florestas tropicais da Indonésia. Trabalhando na relação do
clima e sociedade, ela conduziu pesquisa com o objetivo de informar a tomada de decisões de gestão de riscos ao clima.

Jean-Pierre Wack

Gerente de projetos (SIG)

A carreira diversa de Jean-Pierre reflete seu impulso em inovar e tratar de desafios ambientais. Atualmente baseado na área da Baía de São Francisco, ele se concentra na saúde das florestas, gestão do ecossistema e incêndios. Ele tira partida do profundo conhecimento da SIG na detecção remota, capacidades aplicadas analíticas e de pesquisa para implementar serviços geoespaciais.

Luís Fernando Guedes Pinto

Gerente (IMAFLORA)

Luis Fernando é gerente da Imaflora, onde começou a trabalhar em 1996. Possui graduação em Agronomia, com PhD em Ciências dos Cultivos pela ESALQ-USP. Ele tem mais de 20 anos de experiência em temas de sustentabilidade e certificação dos setores agrícola e florestal.  É professor na ESCAS – Escola Superior de Conservação Ambiental e Sustentabilidade (IPÊ) e foi acadêmico visitante na Universidade de Oxford. É membro da Rede Social Folha do Empreendedores e sócio sênior da Ashoka.

Karis Tenneson

Cientista Ambiental (SIG)

Karis é uma cientista ambiental com conhecimento em ecologia, estatísticas, detecção remota e GIS, e planejamento urbano. Mais recentemente, seu trabalho se concentrou no monitoramento do uso do solo e mudanças na ocupação do solo usando desenvolvimento colaborativo de ferramentas de suporte a decisões com base na detecção remota, construindo a capacidade para a geração de dados de atividades para REDD+ e inventários de gases com efeito de estufa, avaliando serviços do ecossistema e planejamento de cenários. Ela tem gerenciado o desenvolvimento conjunto do sistema de monitoramento de ocupação do solo regional com a SERVIR Mekong e centro Hindu Kush Himalaya.

Glenn Hyman

Cientista Sênior (SIG)

Glenn é um Cientista Ambiental com a Spatial Informatics Group. Seu trabalho recente se concentra na alteração do uso do solo e seu impacto nos serviços de ecossistemas nas regiões da Amazônia e Orinoco. O treinamento e experiência de Glenn incluem geografia física, gestão de recursos naturais, detecção remota e GIS. Glenn trabalha no Laboratório Geoespacial da SERVIR-Amazonia no campus da CIAT em Cali, Colômbia.

Africa Flores

Líder de Coordenação Científica Regional do SERVIR-Amazonia e Líder da Área Temática de Uso do Solo e Mudanças de Uso do Solo (NASA)

O trabalho da Africa se concentra no monitoramento florestal, estudos de qualidade da água e prognóstico ecológico. Ela é uma Exploradora da National Geographic que trabalha com Observações da Terra e Inteligência Artificial para o prognóstico de proliferação de algas no Lago Atitlán na Guatemala. Ela lidera a colaboração entre o SERVIR e o SilvaCarbon para criar conhecimento aplicado e capacitação no uso de Radar de Abertura Sintética (SAR) para monitoramento florestal e estimativa de biomassa. Ela é originalmente da Guatemala e ama passar tempo com sua filha e seu marido.

Kelsey Herndon

Assessora Científica Regional do SERVIR-Amazonia (NASA)

O trabalho da Kelsey se concentra no aspecto humano do sensoriamento remoto para tomada de decisão. Seu trabalho atual se concentra na dinâmica a longo prazo de corpos d’águas efêmeros no Sahel nigeriano e nas implicações de práticas políticas e culturais na gestão desses recursos. Sua formação acadêmica é em Arqueologia e sua pesquisa se concentrou nas interações humanas-ambientais através de escavações na América Central e no Sudeste dos Estados Unidos. Em suas horas de lazer, Kelsey gosta de fazer trilhas intensas, cerâmica e se aventurar na culinária tradicional do Sudeste americano.

Andréa Puzzi Nicolau

Assessora Científica Regional do SERVIR-Amazonia (NASA)

Andréa é uma brasileira que trabalha como Assessora Científica Regional no Escritório de Coordenação Científica do NASA SERVIR em Huntsville-Alabama. Ela tem experiência com sensoriamento remoto e sistemas de informações geográficas (SIG) e seu trabalho se concentra no monitoramento do uso e cobertura do solo e das causas de desmatamento na Amazônia peruana. Ela também está envolvida na coordenação e em atividades de capacitação do SERVIR-Amazonia.

 

 

Lucio Villa

Experto técnico RS & SIG (ACCA)

Lucio é um especialista em SIG e teledetecção aplicada às ciências do planeta e do ambiente, com mais de 8 anos de experiência no monitoramento da cobertura e da análise da mudança de uso da terra. Com expertise no campo da engenharia ambiental e de riscos geológicos, ele desenvolveu estudos focalizados no monitoramento dos impactos antrópicos e provenientes de fenômenos naturais na região costeira e amazônica do Peru. Atualmente, Lucio se desempenha como especialista em SIG e Teledetecção para a Iniciativa MAAP (ACCA) e como professor de Teledetecção no Departamento de Engenharia Ambiental (UNALM).

Paula A. Paz

Pesquisador
(CIAT)

Paula, engenheira topográfica, trabalha como assistente de investigação na Alianza de Bioversity International e no CIAT. O trabalho se centra no monitoramento do câmbio no uso da terra nos países tropicais usando o uso do SIG e da teledetecção. Participou do projeto e implementação do sistema Terra-i em vários países da América Latina e do Caribe.

 

 

 

Vinicius Guidotti

Especialista em pesquisa e geoprocessamento (IMAFLORA)

Vinicius é pesquisador e especialista em geoprocessamento do IMAFLORA. Seu trabalho é sobre o desenvolvimento de modelos de análise espacial e modelagem para entender melhor os trade-offs e identificar possíveis sinergias entre a produção agrícola e a conservação da natureza no Brasil. Ele também é Ph.D. estudante de Ecologia Aplicada da Universidade de São Paulo, onde contribui para o desenvolvimento de um modelo para fazer previsões de safras agrícolas brasileiras.

Felipe Cerignoni

Líder Técnico (IMAFLORA)

Felipe é um analista de geoprocessamento no IMAFLORA. Seu trabalho é sobre desenvolvimento e manutenção de bancos de dados espaciais que auxiliam nas análises e modelagens realizadas na instituição que visam identificar possíveis sinergias entre a produção agrícola e a conservação da natureza no Brasil. Também trabalha com desenvolvimento web full-stack para comunicar os resultados das análises espaciais nas plataformas do IMAFLORA.

Jason Tullis

Líder de capacitação (UARK)

Jason é um cientista da informação geográfica com experiência em sensoriamento remoto, serviços ecossistemicos, sistemas de aeronaves não tripuladas geoespaciais e o uso de informações de proveniência no GIScience. Desde 2005, ele contribui para as regiões SERVIR da Mesoamérica, África Oriental e do Sul e Himalaia, e agora é o líder de capacitação da SERVIR Amazônia.

Thomas Moore

Assessor de Comunidades Indígenas (Consultor)

Thomas é um antropólogo americano com mais de 40 anos de experiência trabalhando com pessoas indígenas e suas organizações nos países da bacia amazônica. Ele também trabalhou nas missões da USAID no Peru e Equador, e em projetos de desenvolvimento internacionais em toda bacia amazônica relacionados a comunidades indígenas, conservação da biodiversidade, gestão de florestas e governança.

Marina Irigoyen

Assessora de Gênero (Consultora)

Marina é uma socióloga peruana que desenvolveu uma longa prática no estabelecimento de relações entre diversas partes e na promoção de diálogos orientados em direção ao desenvolvimento sustentável. Com ênfase nas questões relacionadas à governança e gênero, ela tem uma ampla experiência no reforço das equipes nacionais e internacionais, desenvolvimento de capacidade e monitoramento e avaliação.

Naiara Pinto

Equipe de ciências aplicadas
(NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Naiara Pinto é ecóloga da paisagem e membro da Divisão Radar do Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA) em Pasadena (CA, EUA). Como coordenadora de ciências do instrumento UAVSAR, a Naiara desenvolve tutoriais para ajudar pesquisadores a incorporar dados de radar nos seus projetos. Ela utiliza observações de campo e sensoriamento remoto para caracterizar padrões de fragmentação florestal em áreas de expansão agrícola.  Nos ultimos 10 anos, a Naiara ajudou a desenvolver metologias para mapear a estrutura vertical da floresta a partir de dados de Lidar e SAR (radar de aperture sintética). A Naiara é brasileira e está contente em poder colaborar com o CIAT e pesquisadores latinos para refinar mapas de cobertura da terra e perturbação florestal. Um dos objetivos do seu projeto é produzir uma ferramenta online para ajudar pequenos produtores a obter a certificação de ‘desmatamento zero’.

 

 

 

Douglas Morton


Equipe de ciências aplicadas (Goddard Space Flight Center)

Douglas é cientista ambiental e trabalha no Centro de Voos Espaciais Goddard, da NASA, além de ser professor adjunto na Universidade de Maryland, College Park. Douglas estuda a mudança no uso da terra em florestas tropicais. Ele também faz parte da equipe de pesquisa do Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED, globalfiredata.org), uma iniciativa que une várias fontes de dados de satélite para melhor compreensão de eventos de incêndio, emissões de gases de efeito estufa causadas por incêndios e mudanças nos ecossistemas de savanas e florestas tropicais após eventos de incêndio. O Douglas trabalha na Amazônia brasileira desde 2000, em colaboração com cientistas do Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) e do Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da Amazônia (Imazon).

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Jim Nelson

Equipe de ciências aplicadas
(BYU’s Hydroinformatics Lab)

O foco da pesquisa de Jim é a análise e modelagem hidrológicas com especialização em processamento e visualização geográficos. Como membro essencial do Environmental Modeling Laboratory (EMRL) da BYU, liderou o desenvolvimento inicial do Watershed Modeling System (WMS), hoje utilizado por agências públicas e privadas em todo o mundo. Em 2007, o EMRL foi migrado com sucesso para a empresa privada Aquaveo (www.aquaveo.com). Jim tem ampla experiência na liderança de atividades de capacitação na América Latina – mais recentemente com a AmeriGEOSS, do Grupo de Observação da Terra (GEO) – e participa ativamente do Consórcio de Universidades para o Avanço da Ciência Hidrológica (CUAHSI), fomentando a disponibilidade de ferramentas gratuitas e de código aberto para o compartilhamento de dados hidrológicos (worldwater.byu.edu). 

 

 

Stephanie Spera

Equipe de ciências aplicadas
(University of Richmond)

O foco da pesquisa de Stephanie é o uso de dados de sensoriamento remoto, estatísticas espaciais, modelos climáticos e outras ferramentas para análise de trade-offs em serviços ecossistêmicos. Anteriormente, grande parte de seu trabalho foi sobre o mapeamento e compreensão dos fatores e consequências socioeconômicos do desmatamento para expansão agrícola em larga escala na fronteira leste da Amazônia/Cerrado no Brasil. Ela está ansiosa para trazer sua experiência para esta equipe do SERVIR-Amazônia e focar na Amazônia Ocidental.

Isabel Garcia-Drigo

Gênero e povos indígenas (IMAFLORA)

Isabel é coordenadora do projeto da Iniciativa de Cadeia de Abastecimento Climática e Agrícola do IMAFLORA. Ela trabalha no IMAFLORA desde 2017. Isabel trabalha com o desenvolvimento de sistemas de verificação e certificação para os setores florestal e agrícola (soja e carne bovina). Ela também está envolvida em estudos sobre capital natural e condições para possibilitar paisagens sustentáveis nas regiões da Amazônia e do Cerrado. Como auditor social e membro do FSC, ela trabalha com questões de gênero e povos indígenas.

Elsa Abad

Coordenadora Financeira e Administrativa/Gerente de Contratos e Concessões
(Consultora)

Elsa tem um mestrado em Administração de Negócios e é economista. Ela tem experiência no nível de gestão e nas áreas financeiras e administrativas. Ampla experiência em organizações de cooperação técnica internacional, bem como em empresas privadas e públicas. Ela domina a gestão de projetos, planejamento, estudos econômicos e processos de privatização. Proficiente em interrelacionar em níveis diferentes interculturais e ambientais. Demonstrou capacidade para trabalhar sob pressão, capacidades orientadas para resultados e trabalho em equipe.

Jenny Burbano

Apoio financeiro e administrativo (CIAT)

Jenny Burbano, colombiana oferece apoio financeiro e administrativo ao SERVIR-Amazônia. Jenny é bacharel em administração de empresas e em Sistemas de Informação e Tecnologia. Jenny trabalha no CIAT há 16 anos como assistente administrativa, nas áreas de pesquisa relacionadas à agrobiodiversidade, bem como aos agroecossistemas e paisagens sustentáveis. 

Alejandra Leiva

Assistente administrativa  (CIAT)

Alejandra é colombiana, trabalha no CIAT como assistente administrativa para a SERVIR-Amazonia. Alejandra é Tecnóloga em Administração e Finanças do Centro Colombiano de Estudos Profissionais em Santiago de Cali, Colômbia.

 

Carlos Gasco

Program Director (CIAT)

Carlos is the Project Director of SERVIR-Amazonia. He is an experienced international development professional who has worked on major international programs, primarily funded by USAID, providing overall program management, financial and administrative supervisory services, actively involving project stakeholders, and assuring general compliance of technical, financial and administrative client requirements.

Glenn Hyman

Science and Data Lead (SIG)

Glenn is a Environmental Scientist with Spatial Informatics Group. His recent work focuses on land-use change and its impact on ecosystem services in the Amazon and Orinoco regions. Glenn’s training and experience includes physical geography, natural resources management, remote sensing and GIS. Glenn works out of SERVIR-Amazonia’s Geospatial Laboratory on CIAT’s campus in Cali, Colombia.

José Leandro Fernandes

User Engagement Lead (CIAT)

José Leandro Fernandes is the User Engagement Lead of SERVIR-Amazonia. He is an experienced international development professional who has worked on major international programs, funded by USAID, IDB/BID and UN, coordinating projects, and providing services in the areas of economic development, urban sustainability and environmental management.

Simone Staiger-Rivas

Coordinator, Communications and MEL (CIAT)

Simone is the coordinator of communications and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) for SERVIR-Amazonia. Since the early 2000s, she focuses her work on knowledge management in agricultural research for development, particularly internal and external communication, monitoring-evaluation-learning, data and information management, and capacity building.

Louis Verchot

Senior Scientist (CIAT)

Louis is a forester with over 30 years of experience in the tropics. He leads CIAT’s research program on restoration of degraded lands with research interests in issues related to land use change, deforestation, and agroforestry contributions to climate change, monitoring greenhouse gas emissions, and restoration of ecosystem processes.

Steve Prager

Senior Scientist (CIAT)

Steve has experience in industry, government, and academia. He was a professor of geography in Geographic Information Science for ten years prior to coming to CIAT. His current efforts emphasize modeling that integrates across the social, economic and biophysical domains. Steve co-leads a modeling team comprised of over 20 statisticians, climate scientists, geographers, economists, computer scientists and more.

David Saah

Associate Professor (University of San Francisco) and Senior Scientist (SIG)

David has been trained as an environmental scientist with expertise in landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, ecosystem modeling, natural hazard modeling, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis. He has used these skills to conduct research primarily at the landscape level in a variety of systems.

Marina Piatto

Project Manager (IMAFLORA)

Since 2005, Marina has been working at Imaflora, a Brazilian NGO, in the field of Agriculture, Livestock and Climate Projects. Her work involves initiatives connected with best agriculture practices, environmental conservation and human rights. She is also involved in projects related to low carbon agriculture, sustainable supply chains and REDD+ in Amazon rainforest and Cerrado.

Sidney Novoa

Project Manager (ACCA)

Sidney is a director at Amazon Conservation (ACCA) for GIS & Technology Applied for Conservation with more than 10 years of experience as a researcher and manager in resource management, biological monitoring, and threat monitoring of the Amazon forests. He published up to 80 articles regarding deforestation drivers, forest fires, floods, natural forest loss. Currently, he focuses on the use and application of technological solutions for monitoring the conservation status of natural ecosystems.

Kátia Fernandes

Climate Scientist (UARK)

Kátia is a climate scientist with expertise in tropical climate, including the impacts of large-scale climate variability and change on droughts and fires in the Amazon and Indonesian rainforests. Working at the interface of climate and society, she has conducted research aimed at informing climate-risk management decision making.

Jean-Pierre Wack

Project Manager (SIG)

Jean-Pierre’s diverse career reflects his drive to innovate and address environmental challenges. Currently based in the San Francisco Bay area, he focuses on forest health, ecosystem management and wildfire. He draws on SIG’s deep expertise in remote sensing, applied research and analytical capabilities to implement geospatial services.

Luís Fernando Guedes Pinto

Manager (IMAFLORA)

Luís Fernando is a manager of Imaflora, where he started working in 1996. He is an Agronomist and PhD in Crop Sciences at ESALQ-USP. He has more than 20 years of experience with sustainability and certification of the agriculture and forestry sectors. He acted as Executive Director of Imaflora from 2005 to 2010. He is a professor at the Ipê Superior School of Conservation Sustainability and was a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Folha de Empreendedores Social Network and is a senior fellow of Ashoka.

Karis Tenneson

Environmental Scientist (SIG)

Karis is an environmental scientist with expertise in ecology, statistics, remote sensing and GIS, and urban planning. Most recently, her work has focused on monitoring land-use and land cover changes using collaborative development of remote sensing-based decision support tools, building capacity for generating activity data for REDD+ and greenhouse gas inventories, assessing ecosystem services, and scenario planning. She has been managing the co-development of the regional land cover monitoring system with the SERVIR Mekong and Hindu Kush Himalaya hubs.

Lucio Villa

Technical Expert in Remote Sensing & GIS (ACCA)

Lucio is a specialist in GIS and remote sensing applied to earth sciences and the environment, with more than 8 years of experience in land-cover monitoring and land-use change analysis. With expertise in the field of environmental and georisk engineering, he has developed studies focused on monitoring anthropogenic impacts as well as those caused by natural phenomena on the Peruvian coastal and Amazon regions.   He currently serves as GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist for the MAAP (ACCA) Initiative and as a Remote Sensing Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering (UNALM).

Jason Tullis

Capacity Building Lead (UARK)

Jason is a geographic information scientist with expertise in remote sensing, ecosystem services, geospatial unmanned aircraft systems, and the use of provenance information in GIScience. Jason is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Geosciences and a member of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) at University of Arkansas.  He served as a technical adviser to NASA, EPA, and USAID in support of SERVIR’s Mesoamerica, Eastern and Southern Africa, and Himalaya regions, and since late 2019 is the capacity building lead for SERVIR Amazonia.

Marina Irigoyen

Gender Advisor (Consultant)

Marina is a Peruvian sociologist who has developed extensive practice establishing multi-actor relationships and promoting dialogues oriented towards sustainable development. With an emphasis on issues related to governance and gender, she got vast experience in strengthening national and international teams, capacity development and monitoring and evaluation.

Thomas Moore

Indigenous Peoples Advisor (Consultant)

Thomas is a US-born anthropologist with more than 40 years experience working with indigenous peoples and their organizations in Amazon Basin countries. He has also worked in USAID Missions in Peru and Ecuador, and on international development projects throughout the Amazon Basin related to indigenous peoples, biodiversity conservation, forest management, and governance.

Vinicius Guidotti

Researcher and Geoprocessing Specialist (IMAFLORA)

Vinicius is a researcher and a geoprocessing specialist at IMAFLORA. His work is about developing spatial analysis and modeling frameworks to better understand the tradeoffs and identify possible synergies between agriculture production and nature conservation in Brazil. He is also a Ph.D. student in Applied Ecology at the University of São Paulo where he is contributing to the development of a model for making forecasts of Brazilian agricultural crops.

Felipe Cerignoni

Technical Leader (IMAFLORA)

Felipe is a geoprocessing analyst at IMAFLORA. His work is about developing and maintaining spatial databases to help with analysis and modeling frameworks to identify possible synergies between agriculture production and nature conservation in Brazil. He also works with full-stack web development to communicate the results of the spatial analysis on IMAFLORA’s platforms.

Isabel Garcia-Drigo

Gender and Indigenous People (IMAFLORA)

Isabel is the project coordinator of the Climate and Agriculture Supply Chain Initiative of IMAFLORA. She is working at IMAFLORA since 2017. Isabel works with the development of systems for verification and certification to the forestry and agriculture sectors (soy and beef industries). She is also involved in studies about natural capital and conditions to enable sustainable landscapes in the Amazon and Cerrado regions. As a social auditor and FSC member, she works with gender and indigenous people issues.

Africa Flores

SERVIR-Amazonia Regional Science Coordination Lead and Land Use & Land Use Change Thematic Service Area Lead (NASA)

Africa’s research focuses on forest monitoring, water quality and ecological forecasting. She is a National Geographic Explorer working with Earth Observations and AI to forecast algal blooms in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. She leads a collaboration between SERVIR and SilvaCarbon to create applied knowledge and capacity in the use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for forest monitoring and biomass estimation. She is originally from Guatemala and loves spending time with her daughter and husband.

Kelsey Herndon

SERVIR-Amazonia Regional Science Coordination Lead and Land Use & Land Use Change Thematic Service Area Lead (NASA)

Kelsey’s research interests focus on the human dimension of remote sensing science for decision making. Her current work addresses the long term dynamics of ephemeral water bodies in the Nigerien Sahel and the implications of political and cultural practices for managing these resources. She also has a background in archaeology, where she focused on human-environment interactions through excavations in Central America and the Southeastern United States. Outside of work, Kelsey enjoys intense hikes, pottery, and delving into the culinary traditions of the Southeast.

Andréa Puzzi Nicolau

SERVIR-Amazonia Regional Science Associate  (NASA)

Andréa, a Brazilian national, works as a Research Associate at the NASA SERVIR Science Coordination Office in Huntsville-AL. Her expertise is in remote sensing and GIS, and her work has focused on monitoring land cover and use dynamics and drivers of  deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon. She is also involved in coordination and capacity building activities for SERVIR-Amazonia.

Elsa Abad

Finance and Administrative Coordinator/Contracts and Grants Manager (Consultant)

Elsa is a Master in Business Administration and Economist. Experience at management level in the financial and administrative areas. Ample experience in international technical cooperation organizations, as well as in private and public enterprises. Excelled in project management, planning, economic studies and privatization processes. Proficient to interrelate in different intercultural and environmental levels. Demonstrated capacity to work under pressure, result-oriented and teamwork skills.

Jenny Burbano

Financial and Administrative Support (CIAT)

Jenny, a Colombian national, works at CIAT and offers financial and administrative support to SERVIR-Amazonia. Jenny holds a Bachelor in Business administration from Universidad de Santiago, Colombia; and a Bachelor in Information and Technology Systems from Universidad del Valle, Colombia.

 

Alejandra Leiva

Administrative Assistant

Alejandra is from Colombia. She works at CIAT as an administrative assistant for SERVIR-Amazonia. Alejandra is a Technologist in Administration and Finance from the Colombian Center of Professional Studies in Santiago de Cali, Colombia.

Jim Nelson

Applied Science Team  (Brigham Young University)

Jim’s research focus is hydrologic modeling and analysis specializing in geographic processing and visualization. As a principal member of BYU’s Environmental Modeling Laboratory (EMRL) he led the initial development of the Watershed Modeling System (WMS) now used by public and private agencies worldwide. In 2007 EMRL was successfully migrated to the private company Aquaveo (www.aquaveo.com). Jim has worked extensively in Latin America, leading capacity building activities, most recently under AmeriGEOSS of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), and is an active participant of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI) in promoting free and open source tools for water data sharing (worldwater.byu.edu). .

Elsa Abad

Finance and Administrative Coordinator/Contracts and Grants Manager (Consultant)

Elsa is a Master in Business Administration and Economist. Experience at management level in the financial and administrative areas. Ample experience in international technical cooperation organizations, as well as in private and public enterprises. Excelled in project management, planning, economic studies and privatization processes. Proficient to interrelate in different intercultural and environmental levels. Demonstrated capacity to work under pressure, result-oriented and teamwork skills.

Andréa Puzzi Nicolau

SERVIR-Amazonia Regional Science Associate  (NASA)

Andréa, a Brazilian national, works as a Research Associate at the NASA SERVIR Science Coordination Office in Huntsville-AL. Her expertise is in remote sensing and GIS, and her work has focused on monitoring land cover and use dynamics and drivers of  deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon. She is also involved in coordination and capacity building activities for SERVIR-Amazonia.

Elsa Abad

Finance and Administrative Coordinator/Contracts and Grants Manager (Consultant)

Elsa is a Master in Business Administration and Economist. Experience at management level in the financial and administrative areas. Ample experience in international technical cooperation organizations, as well as in private and public enterprises. Excelled in project management, planning, economic studies and privatization processes. Proficient to interrelate in different intercultural and environmental levels. Demonstrated capacity to work under pressure, result-oriented and teamwork skills.

Carlos Gasco

Program Director (CIAT)

Carlos is the Project Director of SERVIR-Amazonia. He is an experienced international development professional who has worked on major international programs, primarily funded by USAID, providing overall program management, financial and administrative supervisory services, actively involving project stakeholders, and assuring general compliance of technical, financial and administrative client requirements.

Glenn Hyman

Science and Data Lead (SIG)

Glenn is a Environmental Scientist with Spatial Informatics Group. His recent work focuses on land-use change and its impact on ecosystem services in the Amazon and Orinoco regions. Glenn’s training and experience includes physical geography, natural resources management, remote sensing and GIS. Glenn works out of SERVIR-Amazonia’s Geospatial Laboratory on CIAT’s campus in Cali, Colombia.

José Leandro Fernandes

User Engagement Lead (CIAT)

José Leandro Fernandes is the User Engagement Lead of SERVIR-Amazonia. He is an experienced international development professional who has worked on major international programs, funded by USAID, IDB/BID and UN, coordinating projects, and providing services in the areas of economic development, urban sustainability and environmental management.

Simone Staiger-Rivas

Coordinator, Communications and MEL (CIAT)

Simone is the coordinator of communications and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) for SERVIR-Amazonia. Since the early 2000s, she focuses her work on knowledge management in agricultural research for development, particularly internal and external communication, monitoring-evaluation-learning, data and information management, and capacity building.

Louis Verchot

Senior Scientist (CIAT)

Louis is a forester with over 30 years of experience in the tropics. He leads CIAT’s research program on restoration of degraded lands with research interests in issues related to land use change, deforestation, and agroforestry contributions to climate change, monitoring greenhouse gas emissions, and restoration of ecosystem processes.

Steve Prager

Senior Scientist (CIAT)

Steve has experience in industry, government, and academia. He was a professor of geography in Geographic Information Science for ten years prior to coming to CIAT. His current efforts emphasize modeling that integrates across the social, economic and biophysical domains. Steve co-leads a modeling team comprised of over 20 statisticians, climate scientists, geographers, economists, computer scientists and more.

David Saah

Associate Professor (University of San Francisco) and Senior Scientist (SIG)

David has been trained as an environmental scientist with expertise in landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, ecosystem modeling, natural hazard modeling, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis. He has used these skills to conduct research primarily at the landscape level in a variety of systems.

Marina Piatto

Project Manager (IMAFLORA)

Since 2005, Marina has been working at Imaflora, a Brazilian NGO, in the field of Agriculture, Livestock and Climate Projects. Her work involves initiatives connected with best agriculture practices, environmental conservation and human rights. She is also involved in projects related to low carbon agriculture, sustainable supply chains and REDD+ in Amazon rainforest and Cerrado.

Sidney Novoa

Project Manager (ACCA)

Sidney is a director at Amazon Conservation (ACCA) for GIS & Technology Applied for Conservation with more than 10 years of experience as a researcher and manager in resource management, biological monitoring, and threat monitoring of the Amazon forests. He published up to 80 articles regarding deforestation drivers, forest fires, floods, natural forest loss. Currently, he focuses on the use and application of technological solutions for monitoring the conservation status of natural ecosystems.

Kátia Fernandes

Climate Scientist (UARK)

Kátia is a climate scientist with expertise in tropical climate, including the impacts of large-scale climate variability and change on droughts and fires in the Amazon and Indonesian rainforests. Working at the interface of climate and society, she has conducted research aimed at informing climate-risk management decision making.

Jean-Pierre Wack

Project Manager (SIG)

Jean-Pierre’s diverse career reflects his drive to innovate and address environmental challenges. Currently based in the San Francisco Bay area, he focuses on forest health, ecosystem management and wildfire. He draws on SIG’s deep expertise in remote sensing, applied research and analytical capabilities to implement geospatial services.

Luís Fernando Guedes Pinto

Manager (IMAFLORA)

Luís Fernando is a manager of Imaflora, where he started working in 1996. He is an Agronomist and PhD in Crop Sciences at ESALQ-USP. He has more than 20 years of experience with sustainability and certification of the agriculture and forestry sectors. He acted as Executive Director of Imaflora from 2005 to 2010. He is a professor at the Ipê Superior School of Conservation Sustainability and was a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Folha de Empreendedores Social Network and is a senior fellow of Ashoka.

Karis Tenneson

Environmental Scientist (SIG)

Karis is an environmental scientist with expertise in ecology, statistics, remote sensing and GIS, and urban planning. Most recently, her work has focused on monitoring land-use and land cover changes using collaborative development of remote sensing-based decision support tools, building capacity for generating activity data for REDD+ and greenhouse gas inventories, assessing ecosystem services, and scenario planning. She has been managing the co-development of the regional land cover monitoring system with the SERVIR Mekong and Hindu Kush Himalaya hubs.

Lucio Villa

Technical Expert in Remote Sensing & GIS (ACCA)

Lucio is a specialist in GIS and remote sensing applied to earth sciences and the environment, with more than 8 years of experience in land-cover monitoring and land-use change analysis. With expertise in the field of environmental and georisk engineering, he has developed studies focused on monitoring anthropogenic impacts as well as those caused by natural phenomena on the Peruvian coastal and Amazon regions.   He currently serves as GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist for the MAAP (ACCA) Initiative and as a Remote Sensing Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering (UNALM).

Jason Tullis

Capacity Building Lead (UARK)

Jason is a geographic information scientist with expertise in remote sensing, ecosystem services, geospatial unmanned aircraft systems, and the use of provenance information in GIScience. Jason is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Geosciences and a member of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) at University of Arkansas.  He served as a technical adviser to NASA, EPA, and USAID in support of SERVIR’s Mesoamerica, Eastern and Southern Africa, and Himalaya regions, and since late 2019 is the capacity building lead for SERVIR Amazonia.

Marina Irigoyen

Gender Advisor (Consultant)

Marina is a Peruvian sociologist who has developed extensive practice establishing multi-actor relationships and promoting dialogues oriented towards sustainable development. With an emphasis on issues related to governance and gender, she got vast experience in strengthening national and international teams, capacity development and monitoring and evaluation.

Thomas Moore

Indigenous Peoples Advisor (Consultant)

Thomas is a US-born anthropologist with more than 40 years experience working with indigenous peoples and their organizations in Amazon Basin countries. He has also worked in USAID Missions in Peru and Ecuador, and on international development projects throughout the Amazon Basin related to indigenous peoples, biodiversity conservation, forest management, and governance.

Vinicius Guidotti

Researcher and Geoprocessing Specialist (IMAFLORA)

Vinicius is a researcher and a geoprocessing specialist at IMAFLORA. His work is about developing spatial analysis and modeling frameworks to better understand the tradeoffs and identify possible synergies between agriculture production and nature conservation in Brazil. He is also a Ph.D. student in Applied Ecology at the University of São Paulo where he is contributing to the development of a model for making forecasts of Brazilian agricultural crops.

Felipe Cerignoni

Technical Leader (IMAFLORA)

Felipe is a geoprocessing analyst at IMAFLORA. His work is about developing and maintaining spatial databases to help with analysis and modeling frameworks to identify possible synergies between agriculture production and nature conservation in Brazil. He also works with full-stack web development to communicate the results of the spatial analysis on IMAFLORA’s platforms.

Isabel Garcia-Drigo

Gender and Indigenous People (IMAFLORA)

Isabel is the project coordinator of the Climate and Agriculture Supply Chain Initiative of IMAFLORA. She is working at IMAFLORA since 2017. Isabel works with the development of systems for verification and certification to the forestry and agriculture sectors (soy and beef industries). She is also involved in studies about natural capital and conditions to enable sustainable landscapes in the Amazon and Cerrado regions. As a social auditor and FSC member, she works with gender and indigenous people issues.

Africa Flores

SERVIR-Amazonia Regional Science Coordination Lead and Land Use & Land Use Change Thematic Service Area Lead (NASA)

Africa’s research focuses on forest monitoring, water quality and ecological forecasting. She is a National Geographic Explorer working with Earth Observations and AI to forecast algal blooms in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. She leads a collaboration between SERVIR and SilvaCarbon to create applied knowledge and capacity in the use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for forest monitoring and biomass estimation. She is originally from Guatemala and loves spending time with her daughter and husband.

Kelsey Herndon

SERVIR-Amazonia Regional Science Coordination Lead and Land Use & Land Use Change Thematic Service Area Lead (NASA)

Kelsey’s research interests focus on the human dimension of remote sensing science for decision making. Her current work addresses the long term dynamics of ephemeral water bodies in the Nigerien Sahel and the implications of political and cultural practices for managing these resources. She also has a background in archaeology, where she focused on human-environment interactions through excavations in Central America and the Southeastern United States. Outside of work, Kelsey enjoys intense hikes, pottery, and delving into the culinary traditions of the Southeast.

Andréa Puzzi Nicolau

SERVIR-Amazonia Regional Science Associate  (NASA)

Andréa, a Brazilian national, works as a Research Associate at the NASA SERVIR Science Coordination Office in Huntsville-AL. Her expertise is in remote sensing and GIS, and her work has focused on monitoring land cover and use dynamics and drivers of  deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon. She is also involved in coordination and capacity building activities for SERVIR-Amazonia.

Elsa Abad

Finance and Administrative Coordinator/Contracts and Grants Manager (Consultant)

Elsa is a Master in Business Administration and Economist. Experience at management level in the financial and administrative areas. Ample experience in international technical cooperation organizations, as well as in private and public enterprises. Excelled in project management, planning, economic studies and privatization processes. Proficient to interrelate in different intercultural and environmental levels. Demonstrated capacity to work under pressure, result-oriented and teamwork skills.

Jenny Burbano

Financial and Administrative Support (CIAT)

Jenny, a Colombian national, works at CIAT and offers financial and administrative support to SERVIR-Amazonia. Jenny holds a Bachelor in Business administration from Universidad de Santiago, Colombia; and a Bachelor in Information and Technology Systems from Universidad del Valle, Colombia.

 

Alejandra Leiva

Administrative Assistant

Alejandra is from Colombia. She works at CIAT as an administrative assistant for SERVIR-Amazonia. Alejandra is a Technologist in Administration and Finance from the Colombian Center of Professional Studies in Santiago de Cali, Colombia.

Jim Nelson

Applied Science Team  (Brigham Young University)

Jim’s research focus is hydrologic modeling and analysis specializing in geographic processing and visualization. As a principal member of BYU’s Environmental Modeling Laboratory (EMRL) he led the initial development of the Watershed Modeling System (WMS) now used by public and private agencies worldwide. In 2007 EMRL was successfully migrated to the private company Aquaveo (www.aquaveo.com). Jim has worked extensively in Latin America, leading capacity building activities, most recently under AmeriGEOSS of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), and is an active participant of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI) in promoting free and open source tools for water data sharing (worldwater.byu.edu). .

Elsa Abad

Finance and Administrative Coordinator/Contracts and Grants Manager (Consultant)

Elsa is a Master in Business Administration and Economist. Experience at management level in the financial and administrative areas. Ample experience in international technical cooperation organizations, as well as in private and public enterprises. Excelled in project management, planning, economic studies and privatization processes. Proficient to interrelate in different intercultural and environmental levels. Demonstrated capacity to work under pressure, result-oriented and teamwork skills.

Andréa Puzzi Nicolau

SERVIR-Amazonia Regional Science Associate  (NASA)

Andréa, a Brazilian national, works as a Research Associate at the NASA SERVIR Science Coordination Office in Huntsville-AL. Her expertise is in remote sensing and GIS, and her work has focused on monitoring land cover and use dynamics and drivers of  deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon. She is also involved in coordination and capacity building activities for SERVIR-Amazonia.

Elsa Abad

Finance and Administrative Coordinator/Contracts and Grants Manager (Consultant)

Elsa is a Master in Business Administration and Economist. Experience at management level in the financial and administrative areas. Ample experience in international technical cooperation organizations, as well as in private and public enterprises. Excelled in project management, planning, economic studies and privatization processes. Proficient to interrelate in different intercultural and environmental levels. Demonstrated capacity to work under pressure, result-oriented and teamwork skills.