Ana Luz Porzecanski

When she was a kid, Ana Luz Porzecanski explored the landscapes of rural Uruguay and Brazil and the many plants and animals that live there. When she grew up, she became a conservation biologist. This is a scientist who studies wildlife, ecosystems, and how humans and the rest of nature can live together. Today, she is the director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. In this job, she works with people all over the world to conserve nature and biodiversity (“biodiversity” is short for “biological diversity”).

Hometown: Montevideo, Uruguay

Job: conservation biologist; professor

Role at the Museum: Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

Education: B.Sc., Universidad de la República, Uruguay; Ph.D., Columbia University

Fieldwork: around the world, from South America to Africa

Fun fact: If Ana weren’t a scientist, she would like to be an artist like her grandmother.

Image credits: main image, © AMNH.