The Americas

Associated Projects

Peru, Colombia, Ethiopia, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Mexico

Bird Friendly® Coffee Program

Curaçao (The Netherlands)

Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP)



Amy D'Amico

Amy D’Amico

Division Director of Professional Services, Smithsonian Science Education Center

Amy D’Amico works at the Smithsonian Science Education Center as the Division Director of Professional Services. She oversees Professional Development and Leadership Development initiatives.

Juan Carlos Andrade

Juan Carlos Andrade

Project Manager, INNOVEC

Juan Carlos Andrade is the project manager at the Mexico City-based nonprofit INNOVEC, which promotes and applies inquiry-based science education programs in Mexican elementary and middle schools. 

Katherine Blanchard

Katherine Blanchard

Professional Services Program Specialist, Smithsonian Science Education Center

Katherine Pedersen Blanchard works in the Professional Services division of the Smithsonian Science Education Center where she manages and supports a variety of programs.

Conservation scientist holds bird caught in net

Pete Marra

Director, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

Pete Marra is a conservation scientist at the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. He studies the ecology, migratory patterns and decline of birds across the Western Hemisphere. Pete also heads the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC).

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. 

Kelly Chance

Molecular Physics and Senior Physicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Kelly Chance is a molecular physics and senior physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a recognized leader in atmospheric science.

Carlos Jaramillo

Paleobotanist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Carlos Jaramillo studies patterns of plant diversity and investigates their relations to climate change. As a paleobotanist (someone who studies ancient plants) at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, his research focuses on the evolution of tropical landscapes and its biota throughout geological history.

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.