student picture Trey Crouch - ESSIE/Environmental Engineering Sciences

Trey received his Bachelor´s and Master´s degrees in Civil Engineering, with emphasis in water resources and hydrology, from the University of Wyoming. His research interests are in ecohydrological modeling, sustainable hydraulic design and adaptive environmental assessment and watershed management.
student picture Roberta De Carvalho - Geography

Roberta De Carvalho has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a Master’s in Management of Natural Resources and Local Development in the Amazon, from the Federal University of Pará, Brazil, in Belém, her hometown. Her research interests focus in environmental issues in urban areas in the Brazilian Amazon. In 2012, she was a visiting scholar at Michigan State University and used remote sensing to provide data for her Master’s theses on green coverage in Belém.
student picture Jacy Hyde - School of Forest Resources and Conservation

Jacy Hyde earned her Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She has four years of experience conducting field ecology research across a wide variety of taxa and ecosystems. Most notably, Jacy spent a year in Kenya managing disease and landscape ecology projects for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. She will join the Water Institute as a PhD student in the labs of Dr. Valle and Dr. Bohlman in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. Her research will address the effects of dam infrastructure development on forest structure in the Brazilian Amazon.
student picture May Lehmensiek - School of Natural Resources and the Environment

May is from Bremen, Germany, where she received a degree in Environmental Engineering. She graduated from the University of Florida with an MS in Environmental Engineering Science. For her thesis, she conducted an environmental economics analysis of tourism in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Since graduating, May has worked on various aquatic and ecological monitoring projects in Florida. As a WIGF student, May will be working with Dr. Kai Lorenzen and hopes to explore human dimensions of fisheries impacts of large dams and possible strategies for minimizing negative effects of displacement for people and fish.
student picture Alexandra Sabo - Geography

I earned a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the College of Charleston and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona. My thesis focused on the socio-environmental impacts of two hydroelectric dams on rural settlement communities in Porto Velho, Brazil. Working with Dr. Cynthia Simmons my research at the University of Florida will follow a similar trajectory with a focus on land conflict and social contention in the wake of large dam projects in the Amazon basin. My research interests also include GIS, climate change governance, and forced displacement.
student picture A. Christine Swanson - School of Forest Resources and Conservation

Christine is currently earning my master’s in Biology at the University of Central Florida. She previously received a Master’s of Art in Teaching and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus in Computational Sciences, Life Sciences, and Environmental Studies from the same institution. Her research focuses on remote sensing of terrestrial forested environments. In particular, she is interested in researching how dams on the Amazon will impact seasonally flooded forests.