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Dr. Alejandra Echeverri is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist and a postdoctoral fellow with the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University. Alejandra’s research focuses on integrating the ecological and the social dimensions of biodiversity. Her academic research has focused on understanding human-nature relationships, such as how human impacts to the environment (such as habitat conversion and climate change) impact biodiversity, and how biodiversity impacts people by providing psychological benefits or harms. Her research areas are: ecology, ecosystem services, conservation psychology, human dimensions of wildlife, and tropical ornithology. Aside from her academic work, Alejandra has worked as an environmental consultant for infrastructure projects in Colombia, is a National Geographic Young Explorer, and an advocate for youth engagement in the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
I am an interdisciplinary conservation scientist interested in studying the social and ecological dimensions of biodiversity conservation in Latin America. I study questions related to the cultural value of biodiversity, the human footprint on ecological communities, and the policy interventions that can be done to support biodiversity conservation across Latin American ecosystems.My work sits at the intersection of various academic fields, mostly drawing from ecosystem services, community ecology, biogeography, conservation psychology, and human-animal studies.