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Maria Fadiman

Maria is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, multiple National Geographic grant recipient, two times TEDx speaker, Fellow in the Explorers Club, and a Professor in Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University. She researches the human/environmental connection throughout the globe, specializing in Latin American rainforests and cultures. Her connection to the region began when she volunteered with disabled people in Costa Rica, and her over 30-year dedication to the rainforest all started while working as a naturalist guide in Corcovado on the Osa Peninsula. 

She has since taken field courses, conducted numerous projects, researched, and given lectures throughout Costa Rica and Panama. She earned her Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Vassar College.