A new semester, back to the blog

After most of the summer off and returning to school in the midst of the largest hurricane to hit the Atlantic, we are happy to announce that the Amazon Dams Network blog is back! This semester, we will be featuring some of our previous writers and we will also have some new contributors. It’s my pleasure to introduce the bloggers for Fall 2017.

Simone Athayde, a Core Faculty in the Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD) at University of Florida, and a Visiting Professor at Universidade Federal do Tocantins (UFT) in Brazil.  Her expertise and research interests include inter- and trans-disciplinary research, conservation of biocultural diversity, indigenous knowledge systems, social-environmental justice, and participatory research and management of social-ecological systems. For this blog, she will contribute with posts focusing on social-environmental governance and infrastructure development in the Amazon, including indigenous peoples and broader public participation in decision-making for planning and managing of dams and other big infrastructural projects.

Jacy Hyde is a wildlife biologist who has recently jumped into the broader world of landscape ecology and development impacts. Her research seeks to understand how infrastructure development alters the landscape and interacts with policies aimed at forest protection, with the goal of improving these policies. She is currently researching the relationship between hydroelectric dam construction and protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon. Jacy’s blog posts will include topics related to land cover, forest ecology, and wildlife.

David Kaplan  is a hydrologist and environmental engineer interested in elucidating the intersections between watershed and ecosystem processes though monitoring and modeling of coupled ecohydrological systems. Dr. Kaplan has worked extensively with water and environmental management agencies to tie hydrological modeling to ecological outcomes and has coupled watershed and hydrodynamic models with empirical habitat-suitability and life cycle ecosystem models to predict restoration effects and guide water management. He has delivered invited lectures on wetland ecology and statistical hydrology to national and international audiences and has ongoing ecohydrological research in the US, Costa Rica and the Brazilian Amazon.

Marliz Orteaga is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida School of Natural Resources and the Environment. She is an environmental engineer and has an MS in sustainable development. She has worked on environmental issues with various international NGOs. She has also worked as a professor at Universidade Amazônica de Pando in Bolivia. Currently she is researching sociological impacts of dams in the Madeira River basin.

Daniel Roquetti is PhD candidate at the Graduate Program in Environmental Science (Procam), Institute of Energy and Environment of the University of São Paulo (IEE-USP). He develops research on the local impacts caused by large hydropower plants. His most recent research efforts focus on the social-ecological consequences of development forced displacement and resettlement in the Madeira River hydroelectric complex.

Christine Swanson is a PhD student in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. She is interested in the impacts of dams on terrestrial ecosystems, particularly in how dams change floodplains and riparian forests. Her background is in ecology, conservation biology, and remote sensing. Her blog posts will be focused on landscape scale ecological issues surrounding dams. Christine also writes for thatsciencegal.com and can be found on Twitter @thatsciencegal.

We look forward to sharing interesting information about dams and development in the Amazon as well about the goings on in our own personal spheres. As always, the views expressed in these posts are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official positions of the Amazon Dams Network.

Have an idea for a blog post? Read something cool that you can’t wait to share? Write us! We are always excited to host guest bloggers.