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American Spaces Reassessment and Design Project



Photo credit Jorge Aleman and S.Mattson.

Jefferson Hall

Director, Agua Salud Project

Jefferson Hall is a scientist researching the ecosystem services provided by tropical forests and how land use decisions can affect these forests. 

Alicia Entem (r) and Guillermina De Gracia (l) at a focus group session in El Giral, Panama. Photo credit Vic Adamowicz.

Alicia Entem

Pre-doctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Alicia Entem is an economist and STRI Pre-doctoral Fellow with the Agua Salud project.

Photo credit S. Mattson/STRI.

Sarah Batterman

Faculty, University of Leeds (UK)

Sarah Batterman researches the storage of CO2 in tropical forests and how nutrient levels in the ecosystem can hinder or encourage forest growth.

Mary stands in front of a map of Kaneohe Bay. Photo Credit J. Daniels

Mary Hagedorn

Research Scientist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Smithsonian marine biologist, Dr. Mary Hagedorn, is leading a global network of scientists in one of the most unique ocean-conservation programs in the world today, the Reef Recovery Initiative, which focuses on cryopreservation of marine species. 

Photo credit George Stoyle – Earth in Focus.

Steve Box

Vice President, Global Fisheries Solutions, RARE

Steve Box is a marine biologist studying the effects of fishing practices that endanger more than half of our ocean’s biodiversity. 

Hector Guzman. Credit: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama.

Hector Guzman

Staff Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

A staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute since 1994, his studies of Central American marine species and habitats help equip policymakers and partners with solid science for developing stronger conservation approaches in sensitive natural areas.


Christina Gonzalez

PhD student in Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Christina Gonzalez is a PhD student in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, with concentrations in Native American & Indigenous Studies and Museum Studies. 


José Barreiro

Former Assistant Director for Research and Director, Office for Latin America, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

José Barreiro was the Assistant Director for Research and Director, Office for Latin America, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.