Graduate Students


Ana Rojas

Ana is a pursuing her M.S. with Dr. Anderson, studying the effects of introduced species in our Colombian Hippo project and the socio-ecological implications of introduced Arapaima nit he Colombian Amazon. After graduating from Florida International University with her B.S. in Environmental Studies, her work with the National Park Service and interest in freshwater ecosystems makes her a unique and essential asset to our team.


Aldo Farah

Aldo Farah is a Ph.D student whose current research focuses on the relationships between river flow and the response of freshwater fishes in the Amazon. He is also interested in exploring how these relationships could be at risk due to factors affecting the natural flow regimes of rivers. For his research, Aldo is planning on looking into the reproductive behavior of the Pimelodidae catfishes and the habitat use by the “boquichico”, Prochilodus nigricans, in a small Andean- Amazonian valley. He is also part of a multidisciplinary grad-student group looking into how the agricultural frontiers are interacting with different protected areas along the Amazon basin. In the past, he has worked on the mechanisms behind the river fragmentation process caused by different types of dams in Costa Rica.



Brenna Kays

Brenna is a Ph.D student with Tropical Rivers Lab at Florida International University. In her former position as TRL’s lab manager, her research focused on the analysis of networks connecting organizations working in Amazon conservation. Her doctoral research explores the effects of transformations in connectivity on South Florida freshwater ecosystems and biocultural perspectives as tools to improve ecological restoration success.



Nadia Seeteram

Nadia Seeteram is a PhD student in the Tropical Rivers Lab at Florida International University. Before joining the TRL lab, she held positions at the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery in NY and at the U.S. EPA’s National Exposure Research Lab in Athens, GA. Her current research focuses on the use of social media as a climate change communication/ engagement tool.



Daniela Brigitte Daniele

Daniela graduated from the Honors College at Miami Dade College (MDC) and then transferred to the University of Florida where she graduated in 2016 with a bachelor's in Environmental Science. She has been working at MDC Earth Ethic's Institute since 2016 and joined the Tropical Rivers Lab in August 2018 as an intern. Daniela is focusing on the environmental history of the Miami River, looking at how people's perceptions of it have changed overtime and the impact it has had on the health of the river. She is also a research assistant at the University of Florida looking at nitrogen leaching in soils. She is attending graduate school to pursue a degree that integrates her research interests in coastal restoration and water quality in urban environments.



Adrian Figueroa

Adrian Figueroa is a senior undergraduate student at Florida International University (FIU), majoring in Environmental Studies: Natural Resources Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. He conducted research examining seed dispersal by gopher tortoises in the South Florida pine rockland ecosystem surrounding Zoo Miami. Adrian has also studied collared peccary vigilance behavior at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica and is now serving as the TCI’s first-ever Undergraduate Research Intern Peer Mentor. Currently, Adrian is developing a sociodemographic study assessing various factors influencing the attainment and awareness of environmental-STEM opportunities by students at FIU. He hopes to make a positive, long-lasting, impact on wildlife and environmental conservation efforts both locally in South Florida and globally.