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VISION

The Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA) generates scientific knowledge and integrates this knowledge to craft environmental management initiatives to promote sustainable development and, where needed, restoration and reforestation. Powering science and society for environmental solutions.

MISSION

CINCIA focuses on developing solutions on how to reforest and restore degraded areas in one of the most biodiverse places on earth: the Peruvian Amazon.  Our scientists work to build trust with government leaders, conservation specialists, miners and farmers to use the land more efficiently and with less environmental damage. The work we do will serve as a model for large-scale reforestation and restoration, improved biodiversity conservation, and more sustainable small-scale mining and farming techniques throughout the Amazon.

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Our Team

Wake Forest University

Luis E. Fernandez
Luis E. Fernandez
Executive Director
Luis E. Fernandez is the Executive Director of the Wake Forest University’s Center for Amazonian.
Miles R. Silman
Miles R. Silman
Associate Director of Science
Miles R. Silman is Professor of Conservation Biology at the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation and.
Justin Catanoso
Justin Catanoso
Associate Director of Outreach and Education
Justin Catanoso has worked for CINCIA as a communications specialist since its founding. He has.
Kim Couch
Kim Couch
Financial Manager
Kim Couch is the Budget and Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability and the Center.

Management

Cesar Ascorra
Cesar Ascorra
National Director
Cesar Ascorra is one of the most respected ecologists working in Peru's Amazon region. He is.

Coordinators

Julio Araújo
Julio Araújo
Aquatic Biodiversity Program Coordinator
Dr. Julio Araújo is an aquatic biologist and leads CINCIA's Aquatic Biodiversity program. Julio holds a.
France Cabanillas
France Cabanillas
Reforestation Program Coordinator
France Cabanillas leads CINCIA's Reforestation Research program. France is a forest engineer holding a Bachelor's.
Marta Torres
Marta Torres
Outreach and Education Coordinator
Marta Torres leads CINCIA's Outreach and Education team.   Marta holds a Bachelor's degree in education.
Claudia Vega
Claudia Vega
Mercury Program Coordinator
Dr. Claudia Vega is trained as a wildlife veterinarian and holds a Masters of Public.

Specialists

Jesús Alférez
Jesús Alférez
Reforestation Program Technician
Jesús Alférez holds a bachelor's degree in Ecotourism from the National Amazonian University of Madre.
Carmen Acho
Carmen Acho
Education and Outreach Assistant
Carmen Acho works in CINCIA's Outreach and Communication team and specializes in media relations in.
Jorge Caballero
Jorge Caballero
GIS specialist
Jorge Caballero works in CINCIA Landscape Baselines group as a GIS Specialist and works on.
Jhon Farfan
Jhon Farfan
Reforestation Program Specialist
Jhon Farfán is a forest and environmental engineer, with experience in reforestation and restoration of.
Larry Huacarpuma
Larry Huacarpuma
Reforestation Program Technician – Biochar Specialist
Larry Huacarpuma is CINCIA Biochar Technician, leading the development of low-cost biochar production methods, and.
Miguel Macedo
Miguel Macedo
Aquatic Biodiversity Program Technician
Miguel Macedo is a member of CINCIA's Aquatic Biodiversity team.  Miguel is experienced in evaluating water.
Martín Pillaca
Martín Pillaca
GIS Specialist
Martín Pillaca works on CINCIA's Landscape Baselines team as a GIS specialist.  Martin holds a.
Jessica Pisconte
Jessica Pisconte
Mercury Program Assistant
Jessica Pisconte is a biologist with a degree  from the Universidad Nacional San Luis Gonzaga.
Vivian Ruiz
Vivian Ruiz
Evaluation and Monitoring Specialist
Vivian Ruiz is CINCIA's program monitoring and evaluation metrics specialist.  Vivian has extensive experience in.

Administration

Sandra Concha
Sandra Concha
Administrative Financial Assistant
Sandra Cocha works in CINCIA's finance and administration team.  Sandra Concha holds a bachelor's degree.
Massiel Yandira
Massiel Yandira
Administrative Specialist
Massiel Yandira is a member of CINCIA's administrative and financial team.  Massiel graduated from the Universidad.
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Our Partners

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY