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Silvius, Ph.D.

Program Officer, Andes-Amazon

Kirsten manages the protected area strategy and grant portfolio for Brazil, engaging with non-governmental organizations, state and federal government agencies and in-country funders to align and leverage the foundation’s work with other regional initiatives. She is a native of Venezuela and has lived and worked in Brazil and Guyana.

Previously, she held environmental research and teaching positions at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Florida Atlantic University. Her research focus prior to joining the foundation was in tropical forest structure, plant-animal interactions (such as seed dispersal) and resource use and management by indigenous peoples. She has published in a variety of international journals and participates in ongoing multi-disciplinary research projects. 

Kirsten holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in ecology from the University of Florida and a B.A. in romance languages and biology from Bowdoin College.

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