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. 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 second year PhD student whose current research focuses on the relationships between river flow and the response to 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 focuses on using citizen science, environmental education, 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.