Academic Focus Area: Natural Resources Management
Hometown: Bogota, Columbia
Advisor: Maria Lopez
Laura is a doctoral student at the Department of Community Sustainability. She is interested in studying coupled human-environment interactions of fishing communities in Latin America. Particularly focusing on how these coupled systems are impacted by hydroelectric dams in the Amazon basin. Laura has experience exploring the impacts generated by the Belo Monte Hydroelectric dam on the lives and livelihoods of fishers in a riverine community of the Xingu river. Laura has been involved in interdisciplinary research projects using qualitative and quantitative methods with diverse ethnic rural communities in Colombia, Peru and Brazil. Prior to coming to MSU Laura received a B.S in Ecology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia.