Research & Visiting Scholars

Research Scholars

Dr. Simone Athayde

Core Faculty and Associate Research Scientist, Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD), Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Anthropology, Florida Climate Institute (FCI), UF Water Institute and UF Biodiversity Institute (UFBI)

Dr. Athayde is an environmental anthropologist and interdisciplinary ecologist, who has carried out extensive research and training activities in collaboration with Amazonian universities in Brazil. At the University of Florida, Dr. Athayde is an Associate Research Scientist in the Center for Latin American Studies and Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program. She is the UF Leader of the Amazon Dams Network (ADN), a World Social Science Fellow of the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and a lead author and expert for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Her research interests include conservation of biocultural diversity, inter- and transdisciplinary research and practice, indigenous knowledge systems, and participatory research and management of social-ecological systems. Her work has been recognized with awards from both the Center for Latin American Studies and TCD Programs, from the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) at the University of Florida, from the Ministry of Culture in Brazil, and from the International Society of Ethnobiology.

Curriculum Vitae

Visiting Scholars

Dr. Ernane Correa Rabelo

Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil
Dr. Rabelo is conducting research on Brazilian media in the US, especially the influence of new communication technologies on Brazilian immigrants in the US. 

Previous Visiting Scholars

Dr. Antonio Braga

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Brazil
Dr. Braga is conducting a study on religion and Brazilian immigrant youth in the United States.

Dr. Mimi Urbanc and Dr. Mateja Smid Hribar

Anton Melik Geographical Institute of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
In collaboration with the UF Department of Anthropology

Dr. Mimi Urbanc and Dr. Mateja Smid Hribar are working with Dr. Catherine Tucker on a project to assess how theoretical approaches to the study of the commons and common-pool resources are interacting with research on ecosystem services. These realms of research have important overlaps and synergies that merit assessment especially given the importance of common-pool resources (forests, savannahs, water sources, the atmosphere, etc.) and ecosystem services for global sustainability and adaptation to social-ecological and climate change processes. With a larger team of researchers in Europe and Latin America, they are carrying out a broad review of the current state of knowledge, trends, and future directions on research at the intersection of commons and ecosystem services. 

Dr. Miguel Ayarza

Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria (CORPOICA)
Dr. Ayarza will be visiting UF from March 13 - 24, 2017. The main purpose of his visit is to establish collaborative linkages between CORPOICA and researchers at the University of Florida.  CORPOICA is interested in strengthening its research capacity in several areas, including assessment of climate change risks and evaluation of technological and socioeconomic adaptation strategies, and to analyze impacts of agricultural intensification on soil and water resources at different spatial and temporal scales.  During his stay, he would like to meet with faculty to get to know their research activities in these areas, and to identify other potential topics of collaboration.