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Aldo Rincon

Doctoral Candidate, University of Florida

Aldo Rincon is a geologist and Doctoral Candidate at the University of Florida studying the origins and evolution of New World Tropics terrestrial biodiversity.

Catalina in the field. Photo courtesy of Catalina Hernandez.

Catalina Pimiento Hernandez

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Catalina Pimiento Hernandez is a University of Zurich Post-Doctoral Fellow investigating ancient marine predators.


Carlos Jaramillo

Paleobotanist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Carlos Jaramillo studies patterns of plant diversity and investigates their relations to climate change. As a paleobotanist (someone who studies ancient plants) at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, his research focuses on the evolution of tropical landscapes and its biota throughout geological history.

Photo credit D.L. Narango.

Mike Hallworth

Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Mike Hallworth is a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC). He studies migratory connectivity, the connection between breeding and non-breeding areas of migratory organisms and population ecology of migratory songbirds.


Amy Homma

Director of Digital Learning, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Amy Homma is the Director of Digital Learning at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Ecologist teaching students outdoors in Belize

Ilka Feller (Candy)

Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Candy Feller is an insect and plant ecologist studying the effects of extra nutrients from fertilizer run-off on mangrove systems over time.

Photo credit STRI.

Robert Stallard

Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Robert Stallard is a Smithsonian Scientist and Research Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey who studies how climate change and land cover affect water flow.

Photo credit Jorge Aleman and S.Mattson.

Jefferson Hall

Director, Agua Salud Project

Jefferson Hall is a scientist researching the ecosystem services provided by tropical forests and how land use decisions can affect these forests.