The people of SERVIR-Amazonia aim to improve local capacity to harness satellite data and geospatial information and foster sustainable natural resource management throughout the Amazon.
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.
Science and Data Lead (SIG)
Brian is a multidisciplinary scientist with expertise in ecology, plant ecophysiology and remote sensing. His most recent work focuses on predictive geospatial modeling, deforestation and forest degradation monitoring, and bridging the gap between science and policy in Latina America. For several years, he served as the coordinator of the MRV and national forest monitoring system for REDD+ of the Ministry of the Environment of Peru.
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.
Coordinator, Communications, MEL and Knowledge Management (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.
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.
Senior Scientist (CIAT)
Professor (University of San Francisco) and Senior Scientist (SIG)
Project Manager (IMAFLORA)
Project Manager (ACCA)
Climate Scientist (UARK)
Project Manager (SIG)
Luís Fernando Guedes Pinto
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.
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.
Senior Scientist (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.
Indigenous Peoples Advisor (Consultant)
Gender Advisor (Consultant)
SERVIR-Amazonia Regional Science Coordination Lead and 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.
SERVIR-Amazonia Regional Science Associate (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.
Naiara Pinto is a landscape ecologist with the Radar Division at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. As the science coordinator for the UAVSAR instrument, she enjoys developing data recipes to help researchers take advantage of new radar technology. For her research, Naiara employs field and remote sensing observations to characterize forest fragmentation in the context of agricultural expansion. In the last 10 years, Naiara has helped develop approaches to characterize forest 3D structure with Lidar and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data. Naiara is a Brazilian national and looks forward to working with SERVIR-Amazonia to refine agriculture and forest disturbance maps. One of the objectives of her project is to produce an online tool to support Zero Deforestation certification.
Douglas Morton is a Physical Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Douglas studies land use change in tropical forests. He is also part of the research team for the Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED, globalfiredata.org), an effort to combine multiple sources of satellite data to better understand fire activity, greenhouse gas emissions from fires, and changes in savanna and tropical forest ecosystems following fire events. Douglas has been working in the Brazilian Amazon since 2000, in collaboration with scientists at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) and the Instituto do Homen e Meio Ambiente (Imazon).
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). .
Stephanie Spera’s research focuses on using remotely-sensed data, spatial statistics, climate models, and other tools to analyze trade-offs in ecosystem services. Much of her previous work has focused on mapping and understanding the socioeconomic drivers and consequences of land-clearing for large-scale agricultural expansion the eastern Amazon/Cerrado boundary in Brazil. She is excited to bring her expertise to this SERVIR-Amazonia team and focus on the Western Amazon.
Paula A. Paz
Research fellow (CIAT)
Paula is a Topographic Engineer, who works as a research assistant at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. Her work focuses on monitoring land use and cover changes in the tropics by using GIS and Remote Sensing. She has participated in the development and implementation of the Terra-i- system in several countries around Latin America and the Caribbean.
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).
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.
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.
Research Assistant, SIG specialist (ACCA)
Milagros is a geographer with emphasis in environmental science. She is a specialist in GIS and Remote Sensing applied to forest monitoring, land cover change, forest conservation and deforestation in the Amazon Region. She has participated in the development and implementation of Forest Zoning in the Amazon Region in Peru. She published a thesis at PUCP on “Agroforestry as a proposal for sustainable agriculture in amazon ecosystems”.
GIS specialist, GIT (CIAT)
Silvia, a Colombian national, studied Systems Engineering. Her taste for Geography motivated her to grow professionally in the area of Geographic Information System (GIS) at the master’s level as well as in the subject of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI). Additionally, Silvia has a keen interest in the dissemination of projects results, which has led her to work with data management, basic cartography, storymap and Cloud-based GIS platforms like ArcGIS Online.
Systems Engineer, GIT (CIAT)
Ovidio is a Colombian systems engineer with expertise in GIS, providing computer technology support. In the last ten years he has participated in multiple research projects focused on land use, mainly contributing to spatial analysis, field work with RPAS and GPS, data management and web design and mapping. Ovidio is currently pursuing a master’s degree in GIS at UNIGIS Latin America.
Jhon Jairo Tello
Software Engineer, GIT (CIAT)
Jhon Jairo is a specialist in software engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali. He is the website manager of the Terra-i project working on the development of the web platform and on the processing, updating and data visualization. He has participated in the implementation and capacity building of Terra-i users in several Latin American countries. Jhon also has experience in drones and field data collection and validation. Jhon is a programmer for the visualization of geospatial data and general information such as JAVA, Google APIs, CartoDB, MapBox, among others.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.