Ecologist from the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) of Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL. Through her research she has explored the natural history of tropical freshwaters and the effects of human activities on these ecosystemsMost of her work has a strong conservation focus and involves collaborations with other scientists and those in key water resource management roles. Currently she is the Director for International Research Programs at SEAS.

She is the Director of the Partners for Conservation in the Colombian Amazon program.