FBLI Staff

Emilio Bruna

Dr. Emilio Bruna

Tel: (352) 846-0634
Twitter: @BrunaLab
Bruna Lab: Website

Dr. Bruna has a joint appointment in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and the Tropical Conservation and Development Program. His research is on the consequences of deforestation and other human activities for tropical ecosystems. He received his BS in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution and MS in Biology from the University of California-San Diego and a Ph.D. in Population Biology from the University of California-Davis.


Rosana Resende

Dr. Rosana Resende
Assistant Director

Tel: (352) 392-7682
Dr. Resende’s Profile

Dr. Resende is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the impacts of globalization and neoliberalism on Latin Americans. She has an M. A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology and certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, an M.S. in Ed. Research and Evaluation from the University of Miami, and B.A. degrees in Psychology and English from University of Miami. She is a Lecturer in the Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Anthropology.


Mary Risner

Dr. Mary Risner
Project Manager

Tel: (352) 273-4723
Dr. Risner’s Website

Dr. Risner’s research interests are in the role of culture in international business and the integration of emerging technologies to develop intercultural competence and foreign language skills for the workplace. She holds degrees in Marketing (B.B.A.), Latin American Studies (M.A), Spanish (M.A.), and Educational Technology (Ed.D.).


Magdianis Martinez

Magdianis Martinez
Program Coordinator
Tel: (352) 273-4715

Ms. Magdianis coordinates the Center's conference, symposia, receptions, travel grants, and other events. She also assists with coordinating travel for Title VI and the Library Travel Grants, the affiliate faculty travel fund opportunity, the Center based Faculty Travel funds, and any grant or initial travel needs.

Affiliated Faculty

The Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute includes over 100 faculty affiliates from across the UF campus. If you are interested in becoming an affiliate of the FBLI please contact us at


In addition to hosting scholars from Brazil and facilitating student exchanges between UF and Brazilian universities, the FBLI administers UF’s participation in Brazil’s Science Without Borders program.

We also administer the Out of State Tuition Exemption Program, which provides exemptions of out-of-state tuition for up to 25 full-time equivalent (FTE) international students attending Florida’s public universities and community colleges. For more information, see the Documents section.

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