Name: Elizabeth Anderson

 Title: Assistant Professor

 Affiliation:  Department of Earth & Environment, Florida International University



Bio: Elizabeth Anderson is a freshwater conservation ecologist at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL. Her research explores the ecology of tropical freshwaters of Central America, the Andean Amazon, and East Africa, and human dependence on these ecosystems. Her work has a strong conservation focus and often involves collaborations with resource managers.

Name: Mauricio E. Arias

Title: Assistant Professor

Affiliation: University of South Florida / Harvard University

Email: mearias@usf.ed


Bio: Mauricio graduated with a Bachelors and Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, and a PhD in Civil/Natural Resources Engineering from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). Mauricio’s main expertise and interest relates to watershed-scale interactions among climate, infrastructure development, and water ecosystems in tropical watersheds.

Name: Lucas S. Bair

Title: Economist

Affiliation: U.S. Geological Survey, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center

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Bio: Lucas is an environmental and natural resource economist with expertise in adaptive management and water resources and energy economics and policy. His research includes applied benefit-cost analysis, resource valuation, and integrated assessment modeling with a focus on energy systems and large river basins such as the Colorado and Sacramento-San Joaquin.

Name: Walterlina Brasil

Title: Doctor of science in socio-ecological development

Affiliation: Universidade Federal de Rondônia (UNIR). Departamento de Ciências da Educação. Observatório Educação Superior e Desenvolvimento.

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Bio: Walterlina Brasil is a researcher with a PhD in science specializing in socioecological development. She is currently completing a postdoctoral research program at the University of Florida’s Tropical Conservation and Development program with a focus on Latin American studies. Her research at UNIR focuses on higher education in the Amazon and scientific and technological development in the Brazilian Amazon.

Name: Karletta Chief 

Title: Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist 

Affiliation: Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences, The University of Arizona 



Bio: Dr. Karletta Chief (Diné from Black Mesa, AZ) is an Assistant Professor at University of Arizona focusing on hydrology and climate change impacts on indigenous communities. She received a B.S./M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, Ph.D. in Hydrology & Water Resources at UA, and post-doctorate at DRI.

Name: Sandro Sidnei Vargas de Cristo

Affiliation: Geography, Universidade Federal do Tocantins


Bio: Sandro received his bachelors in Geography from the Universidade Federal De Santa Maria (1999), with a specialist degree in interpretation of orbital and suborbital images from the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (2001). He received his masters in Geography from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (2002) and his PhD in Geography from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (2013). He also completed a postdoc in Geography at the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (2017).

Name: Kurt E. Dongoske, RPA

Title:  Principal Investigator and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

Affiliation: Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise, Pueblo of Zuni


Bio: Kurt Dongoske is the principal investigator for Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise and the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pueblo of Zuni. He has 39 years of experience as an archaeologist working throughout the western United States with a primary focus on Arizona and New Mexico. Mr. Dongoske served as chair for the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program’s Technical Work Group between 2000–2003 and 2006–2009.

Name: Philip M. Fearnside

Title:  Research professor

Affiliation:  National Institute for Research in Amazonia (INPA)



Bio: Philip M. Fearnside is a Research Professor at the National Institute for Research in Amazonia (INPA) in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil since 1978. PhD in Biological Sciences (University of Michigan). Publications at Identified as the world’s second most-cited scientist on global warming and 7th in the area of sustainable development.

Name: Christine Kirchhoff

 Title: Assistant Professor

 Affiliation: University of Connecticut



Bio: Dr. Kirchhoff is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut and collaborator with the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation. She is an interdisciplinary scholar focused on the social dimensions of climate change adaptation, water resources and infrastructure management, and innovation adoption. Specifically, her research seeks to advance our fundamental understanding of: (1) water governance and water security under uncertainty and change; (2) resilient and sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure management; (3) boundary organizations, collaborative science and coproduction; and (4) innovation and the adoption and use of science to inform decision making.

Name: Edgardo Latrubesse

 Title: Full Professor

 Affiliation: Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin



Bio: Edgardo Latrubesse is a PhD in Geological Sciences, Full Professor at the Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin, an affiliated faculty of the UT-Teresa Lozano Latin American Institute (LLILAS), the UT-Environmental Science Institute (ESI), affiliated professor at the Department of Geology of the Sao Paulo State University-UNESP and Visiting Professor at NTU-ASE, Asian School of the Environment and Earth Observatory of Singapore- EOS. His research interest includes geo-scientific contributions to multidisciplinary research on the Quaternary paleogeography of the tropics, hydro-geomorphology of large rivers, human impacts and global change.


Name: Juliana Laufer

Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Affiliation: Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences (PGCiamb), Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), CAPES Science Without Borders Project: “Participatory Management of Biocultural Diversity on Indigenous Lands Affected by Hydroelectric Dams in the Amazon”


Bio: Dr. Laufer is a biologist with research interests in wildlife ecology and conservation, specifically on response of medium and large vertebrates by human disturbances, and management and conservation of tropical forests, and protected areas, and the environmental impacts of dams on biodiversity. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at at Universidade Federal do Tocantins, working on data management for the CAPES Science Without Borders focusing on indigenous lands affected by hydroelectric dams across the Amazon.

Name: Chad Marchand

Title: Project Coordinator

Affiliation: Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program

Bio: Chad joined the University of Arizona Institute of the Environment Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program in January 2015. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona in Political Science and History (2005) as well as his Master’s Degree in Public Administration (2014). He then went on to graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis in 2017. And, now he is enrolled as a graduate student at Georgetown University. He will graduate in 2019 with his Masters of Professional Studies Degree in Applied Intelligence.

Before joining the University of Arizona, Chad was the Neighborhood Business & School Alliance Program Manager within Good Neighbor Ventures, Inc. Chad was tasked with working with residents and businesses to implement small business that helped drive economic development. Prior to working with Good Neighbor Ventures, Inc., he served as the Community Justice Unit Supervisor for the Pima County Attorney’s Office. Chad was also a Deputy Prosecutor with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for the Colville Confederated Tribes.

Chad serves the community by volunteering on the University of Arizona Native American Presidential Advisory Council as well as being the President of the Honors College Alumni Club. Additionally, Chad served on the City of Tucson’s Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth (UNITY) Governing Board. He was also a member of the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) having been appointed by Mayor Walkup in 2010 and was a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) until May 2012. Chad was a member of the Flinn-Brown inaugural class for the Civic Leadership Institute which is designed to train Arizona’s next leaders.

For his work, Chad was the recipient of the Arizona Daily Star 40 Under 40 Award 2009, Omicron Delta Kappa Community Service Recognition Award in February 2011, the Children & Family Services Champions for Children & Families Award in April 2011, the University of Arizona Outstanding Young Alumni Volunteer Award in May 2011, the Prison Fellowship International Certificate of Recognition Award in June 2011, and most recently received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Native American 40 Under 40 Award in October 2016.

Name: Mason Mathews

Title: Research Associate and Courtesy Faculty

Affiliation: Tropical Conservation and Development Program, University of Florida.


Bio: Mason Mathews is a graduate of UF’s Interdisciplinary Ecology doctoral program (Geography emphasis) and is affiliated with the Center for Latin American Studies as a courtesy faculty member. He is leading two components of the Amazon Dams Network (ADN) program using social network analysis techniques.  The first is an annual survey designed to measure the amount of interaction among ADN members, and identify the social factors and ADN activities best suited to develop transdisciplinary research ties. The second is a co-authorship analysis of scientific publications that will identify current research themes related to hydroelectric development in Brazil, and categorize the authors’ areas of expertise, organizational affiliations, academic partnerships, and research sites. Mason is interested in identifying appropriate methodologies to foster transdisciplinary collaboration among social and biophysical scientists studying hydroelectric development.

Name: Emilio Moran

Title: Distinguished Professor

Affiliation: Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, and Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences

Bio: Emilio F. Moran joined MSU in January 2013 as John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, associated with the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, the Center for System Integration and Sustainability, and the Department of Geography. He was until 2012 Distinguished Professor and the James H. Rudy Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, Professor of Environmental Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Geography, and Director of the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT) at Indiana University. Dr. Moran is the author of eleven books, sixteen edited volumes and more than 200 journal articles and book chapters. His research has been supported by NSF, NIH, NOAA and NASA for the past three decades. His three latest books, Environmental Social Science (Wiley/Blackwell 2010; Meio Ambiente e Ciencias Sociais, SENAC 2011), People and Nature (Blackwell 2006; Nos e a Natureza, 2008) and Human Adaptability, 3rd edition (Westview 2007; Adaptabilidade Humana, EDUSP and SENAC 2008) address broad issues of human interaction with the environment under conditions of change. His most recent book, Meio Ambiente & Florestas (Editora SENAC Sao Paulo 2011) addresses the value of forests in Brazil and the world. His book Developing the Amazon (Indiana U Press, 1981) was the first book-length study of the human and environmental impacts of the Transamazon Highway. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, Fellow of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2010.

Name: Paula Franco Moreira

Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Affiliation: Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences (PGCiamb), Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), CAPES Science Without Borders Project: “Participatory Management of Biocultural Diversity on Indigenous Lands Affected by Hydroelectric Dams in the Amazon”


Bio: Dr. Moreira is a post-doctoral Researcher of the Environmental Sciences Program at the Federal University of Tocantins in the Brazilian Amazon, Researcher of the Amazon Dams Network. PhD concluded at Institute of International Relations, University of Brasília, Brazil. Her research areas include global environmental politics focusing on the regulation and governance of water use for hydro energy purposes, participatory management of biodiversity in Indigenous Territories, Indigenous Knowledge, climate change, the Amazon region and transnational civil society networks. Currently, she is working on two projects: The regulation, policies and the governance of the use of water resources for hydro energy purposes on five indigenous territories in the Brazilian Amazon basin, and the impact of the dams on the participatory Indigenous Peoples’ management of biodiversity; and the other concerns Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge(s) and the global environmental governance. Brazilian registered lawyer since 2011.

Name: Artur de Souza Moret 

Title: Associate Professor 

Affiliation: Universidade Federal de Rondônia – UNIR 


Bio: Physicist, Master in Science Teaching, PhD in Energy Systems Planning, Leader of the Sustainable Renewable Energy Research Group, Professor at the Federal University of Rondônia, Faculty in the Graduate Program in Regional Development and Environment. In the past 10 years, Dr. Moret has worked extensively on the socio-economic impacts of hydroelectric power plants in the Madeira watershed.

Name: Evandro Mateus, Moretto, PhD

Title: Associate Professor 

Affiliation: Institute of Energy and Environment – IEE and School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities – EACH, University of São Paulo – USP 



Bio: Dr. Moretto is an Associate Professor at the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities – EACH and Institute of Energy and Environment – IEE of the University of São Paulo – USP, leader of the Research Group for Environmental Planning and Management – PLANGEA/USP and President of the Brazilian Association for Impact Assessment – ABAI. His research interests focus on  environmental impact assessments and socio-economic impacts of large-scale development projects.

Name: Carlos Afonso Nobre

Title: Doctor

Affiliation: Senior Fellow of WRI Brazil


Bio:​ Carlos Nobre is a meteorologist with a PhD in Meteorology from MIT and expertise in tropical meteorology, climate change science, Amazonian studies, Earth system science and modeling. He is a retired researcher from Brazil’s National institute of Space Research (INPE). He has been involved with Amazonian research for over 35 years. He was one of the architects of the LBA Experiment.

Name: Max Portuguez Obeso

Title: Professional Masters in Computational Modeling

Affiliation: Instituto Federa Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Tocantins


Bio:​ Max received his masters in Computation Modeling at the Universidade Federal do Tocantins, Brazil. His masters was titled: “O Uso de Dados Bibliográficos Digitais: O estudo de caso da pesca em reservatórios hidrelétricos utilizando cienciometria e análise de redes, Ano de Obtenção: 2016.” His bachelors from the Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca was in Industrial Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in electronics. He is currently a professor in the Instituto Federa Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Tocantins.

Name: Denielle Perry

Title: Assistant Professor 

Affiliation: Northern Arizona University, School of Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability


Bio: Dr. Denielle Perry is an Assistant Professor at Northern Arizona University in the School of Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability. Her work examines how environmental institutions and values influence both the development and conservation of water resources, as well as the socio-ecological implications of these often competing agendas. Drawing on a Political Ecology approach to analyze water resources policy and management, she adopts a mixed-methods approach, making use of both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Such research at the nexus of political ecology, water law and policy, and geospatial analysis is a powerful platform for solving some of the most pressing environmental problems of our time. She brings extensive experience as a researcher, guide, and advocate to her role as faculty advisor for NAU’s River Research Group and the River Management Society’s Rivers Studies & Leadership Certificate program.

Name: Dernival Venâncio Ramos

Title: Associate Professor, History

Affiliation: Federal University of Tocantins (UFT)

Bio: Dernival Venâncio Ramos is a Historian and an Associate Professor in the Departament of History and in the Program of Culture and Territory studies at the Tocantins Federal University, Araguaina Campus.  Dr. Dernival’s research interests are on displacement and resettlement related to development projects, traditional communities, and traditional knowledge.  He also works in oral history, cultural history, Coloniality and Decolonial practice and theory.

Name: Ligia Raquel Rodrigues Soares

Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Affiliation: Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences (PGCiamb), Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), CAPES Science Without Borders Project: “Participatory Management of Biocultural Diversity on Indigenous Lands Affected by Hydroelectric Dams in the Amazon”

Bio: Dr. Soares is currently a post-doctoral Researcher of the Environmental Sciences Program at the Federal University of Tocantins (UFT) in the Brazilian Amazon, linked to the CAPES Science without Borders project. She is also an associate researcher at the Núcleo de Estudos e Ação Indigenista (NEAI/UFT).  Ligia earned her Bachelor degree in Social Sciences from the Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA). She completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences at Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). She conducted a excghange program at the Smithsonian Institution (US). She has expertise and research interests in social and cultural Anthropology, Indigenous Ethnology and Ethnomusicology.