Dr. Simone Athayde Named a 2019-2020 Global Fellow

The fellowship will support Dr. Athayde’s research to development the international project Local Indicators of Climate Change (LICCI) amongst indigenous peoples in the Brazilian Amazon.

Dr. Simone Athayde Named a 2019-2020 Global Fellow

November 12, 2019

Join us in congratulating Dr. Simone Athayde, who was named a 2019-2020 Global Fellow by the UF International Center. The fellowship is part of the Global Climate Fellows Program (GCFP) at the UF Florida Climate Institute (FCI). The Global Fellows program helps UF faculty kick-start their international research program via a $5,000 award, which faculty can use to cover expenses to travel to collect field data, meet with international scholars, access resources not available at UF, and to support any activity that advances their research abroad. Via this fellowship, the FCI helps foster the development of innovative, interdisciplinary research projects and publications that will help find solutions to the global, complex challenges facing society.

The fellowship will support Dr. Athayde’s research to develop the international project Local Indicators of Climate Change (LICCI) amongst indigenous peoples in the Brazilian Amazon. LICCI is a global, multi-site research project led by Dr. Victoria Reyes-Garcia (a UF and TCD alumna) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a team of over 80 students and researchers from all over the world, who will conduct comparative research across 40 sites carefully selected to represent diverse world biocultural regions.

Throughout her career, Dr. Athayde has conducted climate-related research involving cultural and under-represented minorities whose livelihoods are significantly impacted by the ramifications of climate change. The LICCI project is an extension of research previously conducted in 2010, where Dr. Athayde investigated indigenous perceptions of disaster risk reduction and climate change involving researchers and indigenous leaders from China, New Zealand, South Africa, United States (Florida) and the Brazilian Amazon.

“Dr. Athayde is exceptionally well qualified to represent UF as a Global Climate Fellow given her strong interest in how climate change is affecting local indigenous peoples and knowledge systems and how these systems can inform our understanding of climate change,” said Dr. Bette Loiselle, Director of the Tropical Conservation and Development Program at the Center for Latin American Studies.

Join us in congratulating Dr. Simone Athayde for being nominated a 2019-2020 Global Fellow!

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