Welcome to my personal webpage!!

NEW PUBLICATION (2015) Medicinal plants of the Achuar (Jivaro) of Amazonian Ecuador

NEW PUBLICATION (2016) Medicinal plants used in the traditional management of diabetes and its sequelae in Central America: A review

I am a trained biologist and ethnobotanist with extensive experience in conducting research and managing projects in Latin America and in the Pacific region.

Since 2015, I have been working as a research fellow in the Diversity & Livelihoods group of the Natural Capital and Plant Health Department of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. In this role, I am conducting interdisciplinary research linking natural capital, traditional knowledge, human health and livelihoods. I am also interested in the conservation of Plant Genetic Resources, Access and Benefit Sharing and in the Science-Policy interface.

Between the end of 2012 and 2015, as an International Projects Officer for Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, I coordinated a new multi-country plant conservation programme in the Pacific region. In this role, I initiated and coordinated new partnerships and projects in Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga and Hawaii. More

Previously, I led an applied ethnobotanical project among an Amazonian indigenous group in Ecuador (2011), and I conducted research projects on useful plants and traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous peoples in Mexico (PhD research and MSc research, between 2003 and 2008) and in Bolivia.

In my free time I enjoy learning new skills, for example languages. I speak fluently English, Spanish, French, Italian (native), German and I am currently learning Brasilian Portuguese. You are welcome to contact me in any of these languages.

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