Simone Athayde

Gainesville, Florida, United States

Simone Athayde

Gainesville, Florida, United States

Simone Athayde is an interdisciplinary ecologist, anthropologist and educator, and has carried out extensive training, research and extension activities in collaboration with universities, NGO’s and indigenous organizations in Latin America, with a special focus in the Brazilian Amazon. Currently, she is Coordinator and Co-Principal Investigator of the Amazon Dams Program, hosted in the Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD) in the Center for Latin American Studies, UF. With an interdisciplinary team of Brazilian and US researchers and graduate students, the Amazon Dams Program emerged from the Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative (ACLI), and aims to develop an international collaborative network for integrative research on social-ecological effects caused by the implementation of hydroelectric power plants in three watersheds in the Brazilian Amazon. Simone is also a Research Associate in the Xingu Program of the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), Brazil, and has carried out extensive ethnographic and participatory research among indigenous peoples in the Xingu Indigenous Park. She holds a Specialization in Environmental Education and two master degrees, in Botany (UFPR, Brazil) and in Ethnobotany (University of Kent, UK). In 2010, she earned her doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology from University of Florida, with concentration in Anthropology. She has earned awards from the TCD Program (2011 Schmink Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Conservation and Development), from the International Society of Ethnobiology, from the Ministry of Culture in Brazil, and from the Center for Entrepreneurship and innovation at UF.

  • Work
    • University of Florida
  • Education
    • Ufpr
    • University of Kent
    • University of Florida