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Ana V Garrido
Program Manager
Ana has a bachelor´s degree in Biology from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), completed her master´s degree in 2008 in Applied Ecology by the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and completed a graduate specialization in Management Systems in 2009. She has worked as a researcher with the UFRJ Limnology Laboratories and in Scientific Projects Management at the UB Agencia de Politiques i de Qualitat. Ana started with WCS Brazil in 2011, and today is responsible for the Institutional Development of the Brazil Program.
Camila Kurzmann Fagundes
Spatial Analysis Coordinator
Camila has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, and a Master degree in Animal Biodiversity at the same University. She completed her PhD at National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA) in Aquatic Biology. She has developed studies about spatial conservation planning in relation to the impacts of habitat loss in Amazon, producing maps that show priority conservation areas for chelonians. Her research activities are also focused on vulnerability of organisms to land use/land cover changes and species distribution modelling aimed to management practices. GIS tools have fundamental importance in all the steps of those research themes. She joined the WCS in 2015 to coordinate spatial analysis.
Camila R Ferrara
Aquatic Ecologist
Camila Ferrara has a veterinary degree and has always been very interest in chelonian (turtles, tortoises, and terrapins) behavior and ecology and has been working in Amazon since 2003. During this time she completed her masters and PhD in Aquatic Biology, with a focus on turtle ecology and conservation, at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil. She also coordinated for two years on the project Tartarugas da Amazonia (Turtles of Amazonia), managing field-based monitoring efforts, work with local-communities to protect nesting beaches, and environmental education activities. She began working for WCS in March 2013 as the Aquatic Wildlife Ecologist for the Brazilan Amazon Program. Her responsibilities include creating a conservation plan for freshwater turtles in Amazonas State, training professionals, students, and local community members in wildlife monitoring techniques, and coordinating WCS monitoring and conservation efforts aimed at aquatic wildife (especially turtles) priority areas.
Carlos Durigan
Country Director
Carlos Durigan has an academic background in Geography and a wide experience in Environmental Conservation of the Amazon, where he lives and works for more than 20 years. Since finishing his master´s degree in Ecology at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), he has been engaged in a variety of activities related to biodiversity conservation. These activities have included creation and implementation of protected areas; multidisciplinary, field-based research on biodiversity and socioeconomic diversity; and participation in biological, socioeconomic and ethno-environmental surveys to support projects and actions in conservation units and indigenous lands. He has also participated in a variety of forums and NGOs networks, that have contributed to the formation of socio-environmental public policies for the Amazon region.
Guillermo Estupinan
Fisheries Specialist
Guillermo has a bachelor degree in Biology from the Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso, and a master degree in Freshwater Biology and Inland Fisheries from the National Institute for Amazon Research (INPA). He is specialized in fisheries management, creation and implementation of conservation units, and has professional experience in non-governmental and governmental institutions. Working on the Amazon region since 2000 he has coordinated and participated in several actions focused on the income generation for traditional populations, public policy formulation and preparation of management plans for protected areas. He joined the Amazon WCS-Brazil Program in January 2014 to coordinate the actions of fisheries management and aquatic landscapes.
Jussara Almeida Ramos
Finance Manager
Jussara is graduated in Communication at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. She has more than 20 years of experience in the administrative financial field with NGOs and Public Agencies. She worked with GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammanenarbeit) as Finance and Administrative Manager and with CEUC the Amazon state agency for Protected Areas Management. During her professional life, she has lived in Manaus, Belo Horizonte, Brasília and Salvador city, all in Brazil.
Karl Didier
Project Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
Karl Didier has completed his master (1998) and doctoral (2003) degrees in the US in forest ecology, wildlife ecology, and spatial ecology. He began working for WCS in 2003, at the headquarters in New York, as a landscape ecologist. For many years, he supported WCS projects from all around the world, including projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America, in spatial planning, GIS, spatial analyses, strategic planning, and monitoring. He began working as the Interim Coordinator of the Brazil Program in April of 2012. Currently, he coordinates WCS project principally in the Brazilian Amazon, but also helps in the planning of projects in the Pantanal. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida (Gainesville) and the Southern Illinois University (Carbondale). He teaches various courses in planning and monitoring of conservation projects for graduate students, WCS staff, and conservation professionals.