About our team

The Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon works in partnership with Alianza para una Amazonía Sostenible Perú, a Peruvian non-profit organization. The following people work together as part of our international team to conduct research, education, and conservation at our main field site Finca Las Piedras, as well as throughout the Cusco and Madre de Dios regions in Peru.

 

Geoff Gallice, Ph.D.

President of the Board, ASA

Geoff received his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Florida in 2015, where he studied the ecology, evolution, and conservation of Neotropical clearwing butterflies. In addition to geeking out hard collecting butterflies for a year at the Los Amigos Biological Station in Peru’s Madre de Dios region during his doctoral field work, Geoff made an unexpected discovery. Although vast and still mostly forested, the Amazon is under acute threat—each night at Los Amigos he would fall asleep to the sounds of crickets and cooing tinamous, as well as the constant hum of pumps used in nearby illegal gold mining operations. Since that time, he has become more interested in applied conservation issues, and currently has several ongoing projects to evaluate the impacts of development and resource extraction on Amazonian biodiversity. Among other projects, he is working with researchers and students from Peru’s Pontifical Catholic University in Lima to assess the impacts of road construction in Manu National Park. Geoff´s most recent project is the Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon, which he co-founded to advance the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources in Madre de Dios.

View Geoff's CV here

 

Johana Reyes Quinteros, M.A.

Director, Alianza para una Amazonía Sostenible Perú

Johana got her M.A. in Community Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is from Lima, Peru, where she has worked since 2007 in projects related to child labor, women issues and human rights. Johana brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of social issues in Peru to our team, and as Director of Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon in Peru she oversees a number of projects in community engagement, education, and outreach. Moving to the biodiverse rain forest of Madre de Dios from Lima, a mega city in the middle of a moonscape-like desert, has been an exhilarating experience, and, in addition to her work with local communities, she considers herself a tropical-nature-geek-in-training.

 

Timothy Perez

Secretary, ASA

Timothy is a PhD candidate at the University of Miami and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, where he studies tropical ecology and conservation. Timothy is broadly interested in understanding how ecophysiological adaptations of tropical trees influence patterns in plant diversity, biogeography, and the responses of tropical forests to climate change. He has participated in research projects throughout the US and Latin America including Colombia, Costa Rica, and Peru. Aside from being a hopeless plant nerd, Timothy is also interested in promoting science through experiential education and teaching others about important conservation issues that threaten tropical biodiversity. 

View Timothy's CV here.

 

Bhavik Pathak

Treasurer​, ASA

Bhavik became interested in biodiversity as a high school student, when he had to collect insects for his freshman biology class. Today, although during his day job he's something of a computer geek, he remains committed to the protection of wild nature through his work with the Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon. Bhavik has developed a wanderlust, and enjoys exploring new, exotic places, including in the Amazon rainforest of southeastern Peru.

 

José Cueva

Chef, Finca Las Piedras (ASA Perú)

José is from Piura, a region on the arid northern Peruvian coast. He has been working with conservation organizations for more than 5 years throughout Madre de Dios, including with the ASA at Finca Las Piedras and in the field in Cusco. José is an expert in healthy cooking using fresh, local ingredients and, as anyone who has visited us can verify, his food is excellent. Not only is he an extraordinary chef, he is also a keen naturalist and has contributed greatly to our biological inventories, especially birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

 

Allison Stoiser

Research Assistant, Lepidoptera

 

Allison received her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University.  She is from Simpsonville, South Carolina and absolutely adores insects!  Allison also loves both scientific and fine art illustration, with a particular passion for creating works that tell stories about insects.  She interned with conservation organizations in the Paraguayan humid chaco and Peruvian Amazon in the past, helping with butterfly inventories, bird counts, and primate research.  She also recently completed a children's book on adaptive coloration in butterflies.  Now, Allison is incredibly excited to work with Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon on Lepidoptera research!

 

Jonathan Pruitt M.S.

Resident Naturalist, Finca Las Piedras

Jonathan received an M.S. in Environment and Sustainability from the University of Michigan, with a focus on Conservation Ecology and Behavior, Education, and Communication. He is interested in using agroecology to integrate the conservation of tropical forests with the agricultural lands that often surround them. By learning more about agroecology, Jonathan hopes to assist individuals and communities implement agroecological practices such as diverse polycultures and shade grown coffee and cacao on their land to both conserve biodiversity and create productive farm systems.

 

Zoe Wood

Resident Naturalist, Finca Las Piedras

Zoe is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she studied Biology and Latin American Studies, founded a natural history club, played on the women’s squash team, and conducted her thesis on the host plant preferences of a generalist insect, the meadow spittlebug. After studying and traveling around Valparaíso, Chile, she is excited to return to South America. One of Zoe’s favorite parts about fieldwork has been the opportunity to live at remote field stations in the Bay of Fundy, Costa Rica, and Pennsylvania, which allow her to focus on her immediate surroundings and community. Over the years she has developed a particular fondness for insect-plant interactions, animal behavior, and science communication. She has worked most recently as an environmental educator on the coast of Maine and as a goat farmer in Colorado, and has experience with outdoor education, sustainability, and teaching writing. When Zoe isn’t admiring insects, you can find her drawing or painting, reading or writing, or hiking.

 

Lindsey Cathcart

Research Assistant, Lepidoptera

Lindsey is from Pennsylvania and recently received her B.S. in Insect Ecology and Conservation from the University of Delaware. While a student, she studied in Panama and Costa Rica, which inspired her to further her involvement with conservation biology in the neotropics. Her undergraduate research focused on the pollination ecology of Hydrangeas native to the eastern United States. Additionally, she has worked in water quality monitoring and migratory butterfly research. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the ASA and contribute to their research while growing her knowledge of Amazonian entomology and ecology.

 

Rosa Rojas

Intern, Marketing

Rosa is from the Cajamarca region of Peru and is currently studying towards a Bachelor's degree in administration at the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima. Since childhood she has been interested in social welfare and sustainability and today is pursuing both of these as a marketing intern with the ASA at Finca Las Piedras, in Peru. Rosa is hopeful and confident that her experience in the Peruvian Amazon will help her grow both personally and professionally and that she will contribute to her the development of her country by working with local communities in Madre de Dios.

 

José Rivas Ramirez

Research Assistant, Lepidoptera

José received his Bachelor's degree in biology from the Universidad Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru and has experience in research on natural and human-dominated ecosystems, sustainable development, socio-environmental studies, and environmental education. He also has a strong interest in entomology and hopes to strengthen his skills related to this field and contribute to on-the-ground research and conservation as an assistant to the ASA's Lepidoptera Diversity and Biology project at Finca Las Piedras.

 

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