Who We Are

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VISION

CINCIA is the leading institution for environmental research and innovation in the Amazonian region. CINCIA generates scientific knowledge and integrates this knowledge to craft environmental management initiatives to promote sustainable development and where needed, reforestation and pollution mitigation.

MISSION

CINCIA— through our vast expertise in forestry, propagating native trees, restoring nutrients to depleted soils, and understanding the damage done by mercury dumping— is devising solutions to reforest one of the most biodiverse places on earth while mitigating the damage to land, soils, water, and fish life from increasing deforestation and mercury poisoning. Uniquely, our scientists also work to build trust with government leaders, miners and farmers to use the land more efficiently and with less environmental damage. The unprecedented results will serve as a long-range model for large-scale reforestation, better human, plant and animal health, and improved mining and farming techniques throughout the Amazon.

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Our Team

Wake Forest University

Luis Fernandez
Luis Fernandez
Executive Director
Luis E. Fernandez is the Executive Director of the Amazon Scientific Innovation Center and Assistant.
Miles Silman
Miles Silman
Associate Director of Science
Miles R. Silman is Professor of Conservation Biology at the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation and.
Michelle Klosterman
Michelle Klosterman
Associate Director of Outreach and Communication
Dr. Michelle L. Klosterman is Director of Global Academic Development at the Center for Global.
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 is a respected ecologist and specialist. He is the recipient of the prestigious "Carlos Ponce-2010".
Francisco Román
Francisco Román
Chief Scientist
Francisco is a forest engineer, with a Master of Science in Natural Resource Management and.

Coordinators

Julio Araújo
Julio Araújo
Field and Laboratory Coordinator
France Cabanillas
France Cabanillas
Reforestation Coordinator
Forestry Engineer from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina with a Master's degree in Environmental.
Marta Torres
Marta Torres
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Marta has a Masters degree in Rural Development from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and a.
Claudia Vega
Claudia Vega
Mercury Coordinator

Specialists

Carmen Acho
Carmen Acho
Outreach Assistant
Jesús Alférez
Jesús Alférez
Reforestation Technician
Bachelor in Ecotourism from the National Amazonian University of Madre de Dios who has worked.
Miguel Macedo
Miguel Macedo
Baseline Assistant
David Lefebvre
David Lefebvre
Biochar Specialist
Lefebvre enjoyed the Amazon jungle during his stay in 2010 as a field assistant and in.
Martín Pillaca
Martín Pillaca
GIS Specialist
Forest and Environmental Engineer from the National Amazonian University of Madre de Dios, with a Master's.
Fredy Polo
Fredy Polo
Reforestation Technician
Forestry Engineer from the National Agrarian University La Molina trained in: management of forest plantations.
Vivian Ruiz
Vivian Ruiz
Evaluation Metrics and Documents Specialist
Massiel Cueto
Massiel Cueto
Reforestation Technician

Administration

Bertha Álvarez
Bertha Álvarez
Financial and Administration Coordinator
María Armoto
María Armoto
Logistics and Administrative Assistant
María has experience in supporting administrative management and logistic operations with public entities and private companies in.
Carmen Zambrano
Carmen Zambrano
Accountant
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Our Partners

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY