Simone Athayde

Gainesville, FL, US
Field of Work 
Cultural minorities
University of Florida
Job Title or "Student" 
Core Faculty and Network Leader
Center for Latin American Studies
Interdisciplinary Ecology
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Dr. Athayde is an environmental anthropologist and a Core Faculty in the Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD), in the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida. She is also a co-leader of the Amazon Dams Network (ADN), a women-led international network aimed at developing inter- and trans-disciplinary research on hydroelectric dam implementation in the Amazon. Simone is a World Social Science Fellow of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and Principal Investigator of the International Network on Indigenous Knowledge and Disaster Risk Reduction. She holds a Bachelor in Biology (Brazil), specialization in Human Ecology (Indiana University) and Environmental Education (UNILIVRE), master degrees in Botany (Brazil) and Ethnobotany (UK), and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology with concentration in Anthropology from University of Florida. Her research interests include biodiversity conservation, sustainability, gender, race and cultural minorities' studies, interdisciplinary research, integrative science, indigenous knowledge systems, ethnoecology, and participatory research and management of socio-ecological systems. In the last several years, her work has been recognized with awards from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, the Center for Latin American Studies and TCD Programs and from the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) at the University of Florida.
Writing/blogging, Travel, Sports, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
Hispanic or Latino
Level of Participation 
Online role model
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
No Preference
Career exploration activities, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 
AAUW, Other
Other Interests 
running, movies, outdoors

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