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Ms. Simone Athayde

Simone Athayde

Visiting Professor
Federal University of Tocantins
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Dr. Athayde is an environmental anthropologist and interdisciplinary ecologist, who has carried out extensive research and training activities in collaboration with universities, indigenous peoples, NGOs and governmental institutions in the Amazon. At the University of Florida, Dr. Athayde is an Associate Scientist in the Center for Latin American Studies, Core Faculty of the Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program, and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Anthropology, the Florida Climate Institute, the UF Water Institute, the UF Biodiversity Institute and the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIIS). She is the UF Leader of the Amazon Dams International Research Network (ADN-RCN), a World Social Science Fellow of the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and a lead author and expert of the Science-Policy Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She is currently a Co-Principal Investigator of a new TCD-led Project focusing on developing a Pan-Amazonian Community of Practice on Infrastructure Governance in the Amazon (GIA), working with partner institutions in Brazil, Peru and Colombia. In her research and teaching practices, Simone combines mixed (quantitative-qualitative) and participatory methods, as well as tools such as storytelling, arts, games and mapping exercises. 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.
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Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment-Lead author
Values assessment-Coordinating lead author