Dr. Brigitte Baptiste is biologist from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá and M.Sc. in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. She worked as a researcher at the Unit for Rural Studies from the Faculty of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, where she began her teaching career at the Program of Rural Development and Environmental Management. She participated in many national conservation projects and worked in diverse disciplines, such as environmental planning, cultural landscapes, process analysis of the transformation of the territory, ecological and economic history of productive systems, multicultural use and management of biodiversity analysis, biocomplexity, biospeleology and biopolitics.

Since January 2011 dr. Baptiste is the General Director of the Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt. Additionally she is representing Latin America as a member of the multidisciplinary panel of experts IPBES (MEP / IPBES) since 2015 for three years.

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