Helena is a biologist from São Paulo University, and holds a Masters degree in Applied Ecology and conservation from the University of East Anglia, UK. During her Masters, she has focused on the impacts of Economic Incentive Mechanisms on traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon. Complementing her research, she has worked as a consultant for the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program and the University of Michigan, in which she investigated the contributions, opportunities, and challenges of cattle ranching certification schemes for reducing deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Both at the she International Institute for Sustainability and at the Centre for Conservation and Sustainability Science , Helena works with topics related to conservation, land use change, economic incentives, political ecology and conservation in private areas. Currently, Helena is a Ph.D. candidate at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a visitor Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Helena is interested in interdisciplinary topics that aim at conciliating nature conservation and future human needs, such as land's sustainable use, biodiversity conservation, and the provision of nature`s benefits to people in complex-systems. One of her goals is to provide scientific information to decision makers, shortening the distance between researchers and policymakers. In her Ph.D. she looks to understand the contribution of area-based measures, such as protected Areas, to biodiversity conservation in the context of Aichi Target 11.
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