I am a conservation biologist working at the interface of wildlife ecology and the human dimensions of wildlife conservation, using tools and methods from different fields, including Conservation Psychology, Economics and Environmental Education, among others. My work focuses on understanding how people make decisions about the use of natural resources, especially wildlife, how these decisions impact species and ecosystems and on identifying approaches to improve resource management. In the long term, I am interested in assessing the impact of conservation actions on biodiversity and human well-being.
As a postdoc at C-PREE, I studied the illegal trade of freshwater turtles in the Brazilian Amazon. I am assessing the impact of the trade on turtles and the social and economic factors influencing the trade. One of my goals is to identify priority actions and areas for turtle conservation in the region.