Stephanye Zarama-Alvarado completed her BSc in biology and BA in philosophy at the Universidad del Valle in Colombia and received her MSc in biology from the LMU Munich where she specialized in ecology. She worked in Colombia’s education and research sector for many years. Her motivation for crossing disciplinary boundaries on environmental issues has led her to join the Environmental Studies Certificate Program in 2014.
Her main interests include political ecology, environmental ethics, philosophy of biology, human-nature interactions, sustainable development, biodiversity, conservation, aquatic ecology, bio-remediation and climate change, with a regional focus on Latin America. For her final project, she is writing an article on political ecology about the environmental impact of gold mining in the Amazon tropical rainforest.