I’m a landscape ecologist working with the Synthesis in Atlantic Forest Ecology and Sustainability Research Group (SES-MA, in Portuguese). I’m a PhD candidate at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, doing research on how biodiversity responds to different drivers of changes in landscape in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Currently, I am at the University of Melbourne, getting help with some rough modelling for my project.
I was born in the best place on Earth, Serra da Mantiqueira, a mountain chain covered in Atlantic Forest, in Brazil, and lived around it for most of my life. I have started working on environmental issues still in school and went on to a degree in Biology and a Masters in Ecology. After working with community ecology for a while, I found my passion exploring the interface of social and environmental sciences.
I’m enthusiastic about art in all forms and have been writing short stories and other creative stuff since I was a little kid. When I’m not working, you can generally find me attached to a book or notebook, doing some yoga or hiking somewhere cool (“no mato”, as we would say in Portuguese).
Click the link below for Marina’s work on Ecology for the Masses