I joined the UVM Extension's Center for Sustainable Agriculture in 2012. My B.S. is in Agronomy at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil, and I have a M.S. in Plant and Soil Sciences and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.
My work addresses environmental, social and productive aspects of grazing farms, with emphasis on pasture management, ecosystems conservation and sustainable livelihoods, a natural fit as I come from a two-generation pasture-based family farm in Uruguay.
I have experienced interdisciplinary research in grazing management, agroecology, ecosystems goods and services, conservation policy, green markets, and ecological economics.
In my opinion, pasture lands play a key role because they are complex ecosystems that sustain a vast array of functions and processes delivering benefits for supporting healthy environments and communities.